Jurgen Klopp has the chance to break out his goal-crazy plan against Brighton today. The Liverpool boss will have to shift players around anyway.
Liverpool continue to deal with their injury crisis. It’s not simple. They’ve lost both of their first-choice centre-halves, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for this one.
Jordan Henderson might be back but everyone else will likely be exhausted. James Milner, Curtis Jones and Sadio Mane, for instance, have played 180 minutes in the last week.
It’s a particular problem in midfield. Six of the players we mentioned play in the middle, meaning Gini Wijnaldum is the only one without doubts.
A two-man midfield makes sense, then. Henderson and Wijnaldum can lead it capably, with neither being too tired.
And that opens the door for the front-four.
We saw it against Manchester City and against Sheffield United – Liverpool playing all four of Mane, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
Could we see it again today? It sounds like the best way forward, if Mane is okay after playing both 90 minutes this week. If he isn’t, though, we could still se the front-four with Takumi Minamino on the left.
But this is undoubtedly the most exciting prospect at Liverpool this season. A front-four with elite players, all of whom are versatile enough to play several roles in it.
It’s difficult to adapt to new a tactic while simultaneously challenging for the title, of course, but injuries leave Liverpool with little choice. They can’t play the way they have done without Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Klopp must rely on his attack and, hopefully, he will do so at Brighton. We want to see it as often as possible this season, growing game by game and attacking teams all-out.
It would be a fantastically fast, exciting Liverpool side – the likes of which we probably haven’t seen since 13/14. Only this time, with experienced title winners.
We hope Klopp goes for it, then. Everything seems to line up correctly, he just needs to pull the trigger.