Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool must change soon. Here are three options for the Reds boss post-international break.
“We will use that time to train,” Klopp said of the international break, per the Liverpool Echo. “Then we can change it – because we have to change.”
Klopp wants to see a slightly different Liverpool, then. Here are three ways he can bring that about.
Fabinho to midfield
This, for us, is the big one. Klopp can get Fabinho back into his natural midfield role and immediately improve the team.
The Brazilian at the back did work but only when Jordan Henderson was there to hold in midfield. Without the captain, Liverpool look weak.
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But get Fabinho back into the defensive midfield role and Liverpool look much better. He can shield the weak defence and create a base for other midfielders.
We believe Thiago, for instance, will improve once his defensive responsibility is limited. Fabinho makes that happen.
Liverpool play a very high-line. Perhaps that needs to stop.
We’re not suggested the Reds camp on the edge of their own box but dropping back a bit could make life easier.
Yes, the pressing game would suffer as Liverpool sit back. At the same time, though, their counter-attacking game may improve.
Focus on drawing teams out a little more, giving up some possession, and looking to hit on the break
The deeper line would also limit the pressure on the centre-backs. We’ve seen how teams like to kick long into the space behind the full-backs. Drop a bit and that becomes less of an issue.
Without elite defenders, it’s probably long overdue.
Liverpool struggle for goals and don’t have a defence to rely on. Maybe it’s time to shake up the system.
The most obvious answer is 4-2-4 or, perhaps, a slightly more conservative 4-2-3-1. Make use of having versatile forwards like Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. They can all fit around one another to make a front-four work.
Liverpool can’t rely on a front-three to score, well, maybe having four forwards on the pitch could help. Even if it’s just temporarily while the team finds form.
Altogether, Fabinho in a midfield two with Thiago, a deeper line, and a threatening frount-four. We think that’s a recipe for getting things back on track.
Klopp promises change and he has some options. This is just three we’ve thought of but the boss will have far more up his sleeve.
Hopefully, the next two months can bring about some interesting experimentation. Liverpool certainly need it.