According to Jürgen Klopp Liverpool will be attacking the Premier League next season, not defending it. The Reds may need to switch things up in order to retain the title, we have been playing the same football for the past few seasons – albeit with great success. Klopp switching to a 4-2-3-1 could get the best out of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
When Liverpool signed Jordan Henderson from Sunderland for £20m in 2011 nobody was quite sure what his best position was.
During his time at Anfield we have seen Jord pop up on the right of midfield, as a right winger, as a defensive midfielder, an attacking midfielder and even at right back when needed.
Out of all of the different roles the skipper has played for Liverpool his best football came in the 2019/20 season as a defensive midfielder, filling in for Fabinho.
The captain looked settled as a deeper lying midfielder, pinging passes over the top and breaking up play, he wasn’t as hurried.
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The best DM in the world
Fabinho arrived on Merseyside in 2018 when the Reds paid Monaco £43.7m for the Brazilian. When the leggy enforcer arrived he was a great player, now he is the best defensive midfielder in the world.
Injuries have interrupted some of Fabby’s best form but his best form has been absolutely untouchable.
We have seen him making last ditch tackles to breakup attacks, delicately clip balls over the top for on rushing strikers and he’s even popped up with a couple of long range thunderbolts.
Henderson and Fabinho partnership
Jürgen Klopp switching to a 4-2-3-1 could get the best out of Henderson and Fabinho.
At the moment Hendo is deployed in a more advanced role than Fabby, hounding the opposition when out of possession and getting into the box for crosses.
However, we realised throughout December that the skipper is best served in a deeper, more disciplined role. Whilst Fabinho has occasionally popped up with some top drawer passes his playmaking is definitely not as strong as Henderson’s.
Pairing Henderson and Fabinho in defensive midfield would allow more freedom for Naby Keita to play as a 10 whilst also harking back to the legendary partnership of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso.
The Mascherano/Alonso partnership should be the model here, one wins the ball back, the other utilises it effectively. A deeper lying partnership between Henderson and Fabinho could help keep the Reds on the front foot.