Jurgen Klopp may have to try yet another new formation as Liverpool deal with a growing injury list. The Reds face Leicester City at Anfield today.
The Liverpool Echo have Liverpool’s injury list at nine players ahead of today’s game against Leicester City. Now, we expect at least two of those players to feature for Liverpool in Andy Robertson and Fabinho.
But the point still stands – the Reds are without several first-team options.
In particular, they’re without defensive options. Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold are missing from the regular back four. Jordan Henderson is out in midfield, too, and that makes it difficult to know what to do with Fabinho.
Do you slot him in defence alongside Joel Matip? But who shields them from midfield? And if that’s Fabinho, do you then play a youngster in defence up against Jamie Vardy?
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There could be a solution, though – 3-4-3.
Jurgen Klopp has tried a new formation already this season. In fact, he’s tried two. We saw 4-2-3-1 a couple of times and then something more like a 4-2-4 against Manchester City.
Neither is particularly viable against Leicester, though, as Mohamed Salah is out.
But 3-4-3 could be an option. It would limit the need for a midfield shield as there are three defenders. It would also allow Fabinho to play in defence alongside a youngster, limiting their vulnerability.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota make up an obvious front-three, while Gini Wijnaldum can play in a midfield duo alongside whoever is fit.
Andy Robertson is certainly capable of playing left-wing-back, while whoever is on the right side gets an easier time of things.
If it’s Neco Williams, he has some extra protection behind him and can focus on attacking – his undoubted strength. If it’s James Milner, he can play the role more like an energetic midfielder, rather than an out-and-out full-back.
Would this all be perfect against a good Leicester side? No, you’d rather Liverpool were comfortable in their system with the best players they have. But that’s just not possible today.
Instead, Klopp should strongly consider trying something new once again.