Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp tried out some new tactics against Arsenal in the Community Shield and Curtis Jones could be a great fit for them.
Liverpool played quite terribly in the first half on Saturday. They didn’t get anything going through midfield and the attack just wasn’t involved.
And so Klopp made a change early in the second half. He switched from 4-3-3 to 4-2-3-1 – something he hasn’t done with his preferred attackers for quite some time. We only really saw the system properly once last year in the 5-2 win over Everton. The stars sat that one out, however, as Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi started.
But at Wembley, Klopp shifted the stars around. Roberto Firmino dropped back into a no.10 role, Mohamed Salah went up front, Sadio Mane moved right and Takumi Minamino came off the bench to play from the left.
It’s a system that we see huge potential in. There’s also a current squad player who could really benefit from the system – Jones.
Jones’ adventures with the first-team have been in midfield. He sits in the middle three while trying to burst forward into the opposition box.
The Scouser is a threat like that, too, but it’s certainly not the only position he can play.
Jones usually played as a left midfielder/winger for the U23s, for one. He scored goals from the position and a 4-2-3-1 allows for that role. In the 4-3-3, the left-winger is usually a quicker player who looks to attack with pace.
But in a 4-2-3-1, the out-and-out striker means wide players can focus a little more on play in front of the defender – that’s Jones’ strength.
But he also looks like a natural fit for the no.10 role, too. Jones is technically very sound and capable of getting beyond the striker into the box or helping to move the ball around between the opposition lines.
The more advanced role allows him to do that with ease, knowing he has the cover of two midfield players behind him and moving him closer to the opposition goal.
If Klopp does want to switch up the tactics at Liverpool every now and then, Jones becomes a great option. There would be three roles for him – one in the 4-3-3 and two in a 4-2-3-1.
Suddenly, the player can get more games, develop faster, and offer Liverpool plenty of attacking options. We think the formation can be a big plus all-round but as Jones shows, particular players can benefit greatly.