3 reasons for Liverpool to shift to a 4-2-3-1 formation against Everton
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Three reasons for Liverpool to swap formation for Everton clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that his team’s disastrous capitulation at the hands of Aston Villa was nothing more than a freak result.

It was the club’s biggest defeat in more than 50 years and was the heaviest deficit ever sustained by any defending English champion.

The Reds will hope for a swift and emphatic response when they make the short trip across Stanley Park to take on Merseyside rivals Everton this weekend.

One approach Klopp could look to take with Carlo Ancelotti’s table-toppers vastly approaching could be for a tactical tweak, potentially going with a 4-2-3-1 system to add a sense of unpredictability to Liverpool’s game.

Now ahead of what is the Reds’ biggest match of the season to date, Klopp has more reasons to change his formation. Here is a look at three reasons why it could work…

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: Joe Gomez and Virgil Van Dijk of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on September 28, 2020 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Defensive strength needed

Liverpool’s defence has been their biggest problem so far this season, with 11 goals conceded in four matches.

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There is a debate over Klopp’s best central defensive partnership, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, or the Dutchman partnered alongside Joel Matip.

Klopp could spare his defensive quartet the same embarrassment they suffered at the hands of Villa by incorporating two midfielders in front of the back-four to offer more protection against Everton’s array of talented attackers.

Having the likes of either Thiago and Jordan Henderson or Thiago and Fabinho would help eliminate the same mistakes that proved detrimental in the Midlands as it was the midfield’s meek surrender against Villa that left Liverpool’s defensive high-line so vulnerable before the international break.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 13: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool with Thiago Alcantara of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on October 13, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Unleash Thiago

New signing Thiago could become Liverpool’s greatest weapon when unleashing this particular tactical approach.

The former Bayern Munich man thrived in a similar formation en route to the Champions League triumph in Lisbon last season. Thiago has the unique ability to totally dominate the ball and make the tempo of any match bend to his will.

Liverpool were worryingly overrun in midfield last time out and were unable to utilise the ball effectively. The introduction of Thiago will simultaneously solve both problems at once.

He is still yet to make his full Premier League debut since his £25 million [BBC] signing last month. Unleashing him against Everton could be the perfect way to completely throw the opposition off guard.

Brazil’s Roberto Firmino celebrates after teammate Richarlison pushed his header into the goal to score against Peru during their 2022 FIFA World Cup South American qualifier football match at the National Stadium in Lima, on October 13, 2020, amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Paolo AGUILAR / POOL / AFP) (Photo by PAOLO AGUILAR/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Greater attacking intent

One of the reasons why Liverpool have been unable to break down Everton at Goodison Park in the past is that the Toffees have typically enjoyed putting bodies behind the ball in a successful attempt to frustrate the Reds to limited chances.

Surprisingly, there have been no goals in this particular fixture on the opposite side of Anfield since December 2016.

Whether or not Ancelotti will look to go all guns blazing with the likes of James Rodriguez, Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin all in scintillating form still remains to be seen, yet this shouldn’t alter Liverpool’s approach.

Having an extra body in a front three system with Roberto Firmino in the central role could give the Reds an extra element in attack and could elevate the performance levels of Naby Keita or Takumi Minamino whose talents are best utilised closer to goal.

It will also create more options for Firmino to bounce the ball in-between for the Brazilian to open up more gaps which will hopefully result in more goals for the Liverpool No.9 who is still yet to open his account for the Reds so far this season.

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