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Why Liverpool must avoid a specialist No 9 or No 10 this summer

While Liverpool badly need a midfielder and a forward this summer, we think that they must avoid signing a specialist No 9 or No 10.

The Reds are said to be pursuing both a Gini Wijnaldum replacement and an extra attacker to compete with and eventually succeed the front three.

It has linked with a whole host of names being linked.

Some fans want the club to sign a creative midfielder that provides something different to what is already at the club.

They also want an out-and-out striker, rather than a false 9 like Roberto Firmino.

The general consensus is that Liverpool should consider a move away from the system that has earned the club so much success in recent years.

We know how the Reds play.

The midfield provides stability, with creativity coming from the fullbacks.

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Roberto Firmino drops deep, creating space for Mo Salah and Sadio Mane to cut inside.

While there is going to be a question of this getting stale, we believe that Liverpool must not completely abandon the system with their new signings.

A No 9 or No 10 would restrict Liverpool tactically

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If Liverpool go and spend big on an out-and-out No 9 or No 10, they will be massively restricted from a tactical standpoint.

If they go and sign a Dusan Vlahovic, a top young player but one that can really only play one position, then they could become very predictable.

The same goes for a Martin Odegaard, who can only play in the hole behind a striker.

It is more of an issue with the 10 than the 9. Almost every system has a striker, but they don’t all have an advanced midfielder.

Liverpool can learn from Manchester United.

Their best player is Bruno Fernandes, but he restricts them to an extent.

He has to play every single game because he is so crucial to the side. But he can only play as a No 10 in a 4-2-3-1 or 4-3-1-2.

If teams figure out a way of beating United, they are in trouble. They cannot change their shape because Fernandes is so crucial.

They can always drop him. But no manager is going to drop their most important player for fear of fan revolt.

Can you see what we mean?

When Liverpool’s 4-3-3 does not work, they can easily adapt to a 4-2-3-1. Salah can play as a 9 and Firmino can play as a 10.

By signing players for specialist positions, this flexibility is compromised.

It is another factor that the transfer committee has to consider.

We recommend that they sign a No 10 that can also play as a No 8, and a striker that can also play out wide.

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