Liverpool have been on a rollercoaster ride this season, the Reds putting in some memorable performances and some forgettable ones. Some players have been in world beating form whilst others have struggled to find their feet. Jürgen Klopp switching to 4-2-3-1 could see Roberto Firmino return to his best.
Poor form Bobby
This season hasn’t started well for Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian forward has struggled for form to say the least.
Thus far the striker has managed two assists and one goal in his first six appearances.
Whilst this may not seem like an awful return for a creative forward his performances have certainly not passed the eye test.
Perhaps he has just set such high standards for himself that when he isn’t quite at that level the drop off looks magnificent, either way he just hasn’t looked himself in recent weeks.
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He hasn’t been pressing with the same vigour and his through balls have been too easily picked off, he hasn’t been himself.
Switch to 4-2-3-1
Liverpool reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation against Sheffield United, a set up which we used up until the departure of Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds used the system to great success on Saturday, beating the Blades 2-1.
At the weekend Bobby was deployed in the hole behind the striker, though he often swapped with Diogo Jota and led the line himself.
Back to best of Bobby
When the Reds signed Bobby Firmino he was a goal grabbing attacking midfielder at Hoffenheim.
Since arriving at Anfield he has been converted into a pressing striker.
Dropping the Brazilian back into the attacking midfield role could help him return to form, freshening things up and helping him create more with an extra man in front of him.
The forward will also benefit from Thiago being at the base of the midfield to provide him with balls to work with.
We need to see more from the striker – getting him on the ball more by dropping him deeper could be the perfect way to do that.