This Tuesday Liverpool will take on Red Bull Salzburg in their second friendly of the summer. The Reds ran out comfortable 3-0 winners against Stuttgart at the weekend, they’ll be looking for more impressive performances this week. Here are three things to look out for when Liverpool take on Red Bull Salzburg:
There has been a suggestion that Jürgen Klopp could look to revert to a 4-2-3-1 this season as he looks to ‘attack’ the title rather than defend it.
The Reds played in a 4-2-3-1 up until the departure of Philippe Coutinho, the playmaker made up the Fab Four with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino.
After Philly joined Barcelona the side settled into a more conservative 4-3-3 which asked more creatively of the full backs and less of the midfield.
We have still seen the 4-2-3-1 used by the gaffer to see out a game but it could return now with Curtis Jones or Takumi Minamino primed to take on the attacking midfield role. If Liverpool deploy the formation against Red Bull Salzburg it could be the set up for the season.
Jürgen Klopp deployed two different lineups either side of half time with Minamino coming on for the second half.
The Japanese utility man was deployed on the left wing but often drifted inside and drove at the defence.
Just where the ex-Salzburg man is used on Tuesday could be indicative of where the boss plans to use him throughout the season.
It is this writer’s opinion that he is best deployed in the Firmino role, directly covering for and competing with the number 9. To use him on the left could be to waste his creative talents, he likes the ball to feet so he can ghost past players – fingers crossed he is given his shot as a false 9 or behind the striker.
Keita / Jones partnership
If Jürgen Klopp decides to stick with a 4-3-3 then it’ll be intriguing to see whether or not he continues to pair Naby Keita and Curtis Jones.
The boss deployed the duo together against Stuttgart to great effect, Keita grabbed a goal and Jones notched an assist.
The two offer a great attacking impetus and are an aggressive pair to select, if the gaffer continues to play them together then it could be a hint that Klopp hopes to use them as his go to goal grabbing midfielders for the coming season, whilst opting for a more conservative pairing of Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum for tougher away trips.