How many Liverpool players could change position this season? It seems Harvey Elliott is one of them so here are four more who could join him.
Jurgen Klopp utilised him as a centre-forward in the Reds’ friendlies on Tuesday. That appears to be an option now, with the 27-year-old playing more in attacking roles than midfield.
We think it’s a role that could suit him. He has the energy and an ability to run at players – combine them and he’ll fit in nicely as a player who can also drop into deeper positions.
So if Oxlade-Chamberlain is moving between centre-forward and centre-midfield, why not Roberto Firmino? He’s got a history as a no.10, after all, and has the all-around game to make it work from time to time.
The Brazilian’s goalscoring was out of sorts last season, too. Perhaps moving him into a more creative role would suit Firmino.
It would be a risk and it relies on others – Oxlade-Chamberlain and Diogo Jota – thriving as a centre-forward. But it’s certainly an option Jurgen Klopp can turn to.
If Elliott is playing in midfield, that limits games for Naby Keita. Or at least, gives him more competition as a creative midfielder.
So making Keita more flexible could benefit him. We’ve seen the Guinean feature wide left in a 4-2-3-1 before but perhaps that can become a more regular thing.
Alternatively, could Keita also be a decent False 9? We’ve never seen him there but he does boast similar tools to Firmino. It’s an idea we’d at least like to see in a friendly.
Curtis Jones might be the most interesting position change of the Liverpool bunch. He’s a player whose long-term future appears to be in centre-midfield but his skillset could see him play further forward.
Jones thrives on carrying the ball into advanced areas – Liverpool utilise that in all three attacking roles. Again, that’s something we’d like to see.
The 20-year-old is still developing and experience in different roles could benefit him. But we also think Liverpool could benefit from trying him as a forward in certain games.