Roberto Firmino could miss Liverpool vs RB Leipzig with an injury. If he does, it provides an opportunity to Jurgen Klopp.
Times journalist Paul Joyce believes Roberto Firmino could miss Liverpool vs RB Leipzig with a knee injury. It would, of course, make him the Reds’ 1,000,000th injury this season.
But it would also force Jurgen Klopp to be a little more inventive with his lineup for this one. He can’t go with the traditional system and perhaps that’s an excuse to try something a little more daring.
Attack, attack, attack
With Firmino out, the front-three will almost certainly be Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota. We’ve seen that before this season.
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Most notably, that was the trio when Liverpool played away at Atalanta in the group stages. The Reds won that one 5-0.
Jota played down the middle, replacing Firmino but operating in a different way. The Portuguese forward wanted to run in behind and threaten, rather than drop deep to create space for others.
Safe to say that worked. Jota scored a hat-trick, with both Mane and Salah getting a goal and assist each.
Liverpool were relentless. They shared their shots across the front three, Jordan Henderson consistently created from midfield, and Curtis Jones & Gini Wijnaldum completed multiple dribbles each.
And perhaps this is exactly what Liverpool should do tonight. The original plan is out the window, so why not go all-out on the counter-attack?
We can’t imagine Jurgen Klopp will try to keep it tight and rely on his defence. He just doesn’t have the quality for that.
But he does have the quality up top. He has three quick, energetic forwards who can relentlessly attack Leipzig.
Then there are two others factors. Firstly, Leipzig will likely play three at the back, much as Atalanta did.
Secondly, the Germans need goals. They have to push out and leave space. Liverpool can take advantage with a relentless forward line.
Klopp may not want to readjust but we think it could benefit Liverpool greatly.