Liverpool will be defending the Premier League title next season. It is hard enough winning the league but defending it is even harder. As such Jürgen Klopp will be thinking long and hard about how he can keep opposition sides guessing and how he can get the best out of his squad; Klopp could switch to a 4-2-3-1 next season for these reasons.
Klopp switching to a 4-2-3-1 would see him able to fully utilise his attacking midfielders. At the minute the 4-3-3 asks much more defensively of his more predatory midfield players.
Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all incredibly talented going forward but are to an extent shackled by their current defensive responsibilities.
Switching to a 4-2-3-1 would allow these players more defensive cover, allowing them to play and press higher up the pitch.
Keep opponents guessing
The Reds have been playing a 4-3-3 for a majority of Klopp’s reign at Anfield. Although the Reds have achieved a ridiculous 97 and 99 points in their last two seasons we must be wary of team’s slowly, eventually figuring out how to play against this 4-3-3.
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By switching to a 4-2-3-1 for the season our opposition would have to figure out a new system, they’d have to study all of the nuances of an adapted system in order to pick holes in it.
False 9 Firmino
Having a more advanced midfielder would see the Reds being able to further utilise Roberto Firmino’s role as a false 9.
The Brazilian often drops deep, dragging defenders out of position, allowing the wide players to exploit the space behind him.
If the likes of Naby Keita were playing further up the pitch then they would be able to more often exploit the space behind the striker with the defender going with Bobby.
We have been lacking goals from midfield in recent seasons, returning to a 4-2-3-1 could be a solution.