Liverpool are going to have to adapt in the coming months. The Reds have suffered a series of injury blows and as a result will have to reshape in order to mitigate the impact of the absences. We saw the boss switch formations in the past couple of games; speaking to Rousing the Kop, Emile Heskey has explained how the 4-2-3-1 will unleash Thiago.
Injury crisis prompts switch
Liverpool have lost a string of important players to injury since the start of the season.
We’ve seen Alisson in and out of the side, we’ve only been treated to glimpses of our £20m star signing in midfield.
Most importantly the Reds have picked up a host of knocks at the back. Virgil van Dijk is out for the season with an ACL rupture, Joel Matip is sidelined with a muscle problem and now Fabinho has been ruled out due to a hamstring issue.
Jürgen Klopp has seemingly reacted to the crisis by switching to a 4-2-3-1 formation to provide a more solid defensive screen in front of his defence, deploying two holding midfielders there.
Emile Heskey on Thiago role
In an exclusive interview with Rousing the Kop, we asked Emile Heskey whether Thiago would benefit from the 4-2-3-1 switch. The ex-Anfield striker told us:
“I think for Thiago yes. Obviously being in the two sitting in there, his passing range, his passing ability is just amazing.
“I think not just for Jota but I think for all of them, being in those pockets with Thiago on the ball is great because he’ll find you in those pockets. Then it is up to you to find the pockets and get turned and get going. Once they get turned and get going, they have that much pace – who is going to stop them?”
What RTK has to say
Liverpool need Thiago back on the pitch and they need him back on the ball.
As Emile Heskey has pointed out, Thiago will benefit greatly from that deep lying role, where he can pick out his teammates in the advanced pockets of space.
We are desperate to see him again and given the injury crisis we face his return can’t come soon enough. Fingers crossed we’ll see him against West Ham United.