Liverpool have had a strange start to the season. The Reds have put in some memorable performances, some for good reasons and some for bad. Despite some calamitous refereeing errors, the loss of our talismanic centre back and a 7-2 thumping, Jürgen Klopp’s side are still joint top of the table. We could see even further improvements with the recent switch in formation – the reversion to 4-2-3-1 could unleash a deadly partnership between Thiago and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool sign Thiago
Liverpool signing Thiago was described as one of the best deals one Sky pundit had ever seen.
The Reds will pay Bayern Munich £20m over the course of four years, meaning we’ll be getting Thiago for just £5m a year.
It was a summer long transfer pursuit, fuelled by the Spaniard’s decision to not sign a new contract at the Allianz Arena.
When Michael Edwards finally pulled it off there was jubilation in the Kop faithful, he has already impressed us with his performances.
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Liverpool switch to 4-2-3-1
Last weekend we saw Liverpool switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation to face Sheffield United.
Just who was playing where was, for the most part, anybody’s guess. Sadio Mane was certainly anchored on the left but Mo Salah frequently drifted inside whilst Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino took it in turns to lead the line.
The move saw Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum lineup at the base of the midfield.
Thiago and Firmino partnership
One of the main issues with our number nine’s performance at the weekend was that he didn’t get on the ball often enough.
The Brazilian, signed from Hoffenheim for £29m, can’t create if he isn’t on the ball, even he isn’t that good. Given his recent dip in form we need to see him back to his best and his best is on the ball making things happen.
The switch to 4-2-3-1 could spark a partnership between Thiago and Roberto Firmino wherein the Spaniard, at the base of the midfield, finds the Brazilian further up the field.
If we do stick with 4-2-3-1 then we will likely see Thiago in a holding role rather than advanced one and Bobby will likely be behind the striker, most likely Jota.
If anybody can break the lines and find a man in space it is Thiago, Firmino will benefit greatly from having him supplying from deep.