Liverpool have stars who could improve even further under Jurgen Klopp’s new system. The Reds’ boss looks set to try new things.
Jurgen Klopp appears ready to push a new system with Liverpool. The boss played 4-2-4 against Manchester City last time out and we expect to see it more.
In doing so, we think three Liverpool stars could improve even further.
Gini Wijnaldum comes out of this international break with three goals in his last two games. He bagged a brace against Bosnia then followed it up with the winner against Poland.
And that bodes well for Liverpool as they look for a more attacking system. Injuries leave them unable to rely on defence – so attack it is.
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Playing 4-2-4 or 4-2-3-1 allows Wijnaldum to play closer to the goal as a no.10 or even in a more simplified midfield role. We could see him as the advanced midfielder in a duo with Jordan Henderson, for instance.
We hope for more goals, then. This could finally bring the attacking best out of Wijnaldum at Liverpool.
We talked about this one recently. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t played this season but we think he could thrive in such an attacking system.
He could play wide in the 4-2-4 or he could slot in as more of a no.10. Klopp could even use him as a very attacking centre-midfielder if he really wants to go crazy.
No matter what, a player as direct and athletic as Oxlade-Chamberlain should be a great fit in an attacking system. We saw his best in a more attacking Liverpool back in 2017/18. Hopefully, he’ll get back to that level this campaign.
Roberto Firmino hasn’t played very well this season. He’s struggled in front of goal, given the ball away a lot and just hasn’t looked himself.
A change in system could suit him to a tee, however. For one, it takes pressure away from Firmino. There are more players looking to score and more players looking to create.
That could be vital as he tries to play back into form. But more than that, Fimrino thrives at creating space for others and leading a press.
4-2-4 crowds the space up top and makes creating it all the more valuable. It’s Firmino’s speciality and focusing on it will surely help him become a key player up top once again.