Liverpool’s midfield has been impotent at best this season. The middle three have been severely lacking any dynamism and the Reds have subsequently had to rely on the brilliance of their front three. Sunday’s draw with Man United has proven that when the midfield aren’t posing a threat and the attack are depleted, the Reds are vulnerable. Jürgen Klopp needs to experiment with this bold and risky midfield in Liverpool’s midweek game with Genk in the Champions League.
With the Reds crying out for creativity in the middle, Klopp should start the game with Fabinho, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield. Whilst this may be a reckless trio to go with, Genk is the ideal game to test out the combination.
Fabinho is the best defensive midfielder in the world at the minute. He has been impeccable at reading play, stopping attacks and distributing the ball effectively. Jürgen Klopp has consistently played Fabinho alongside James Milner and/or Jordan Henderson. Whilst his usual partners offer a touch more offensively, neither are attacking midfielders and have also played a large amount of games in defensive midfield. There is no need to play both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
Naby Keita is exciting on the ball, he is always looking to drive forward from deep, he plays the ball quickly or he delays for the right reasons. When Liverpool are looking one dimensional, he offers a new proposition by beating his man or playing a quick one-two. The Reds are crying out for this, he changed the game against Man United when he came on.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a workhorse with an eye for a pass and a hell of a long shot. Before he picked up a nasty injury against Roma in 2018, the former Arsenal man was the Reds most important midfielder, he added dynamism to our approach play.
With Fabinho in the side, Klopp has the license to play two offensive minded midfielders. Liverpool should experiment with this bold and risky midfield lineup against Genk, they are the weakest side in the group and are likely to dig in and hope for a draw against the Premier League leaders, we will need all the creativity we can get.