Jurgen Klopp says he has three choices in his squad to replace a key player this Sunday. The Liverpool boss is keeping Pep Guardiola guessing.
Liverpool vs Manchester City has consistently been the biggest game of the season over the last few years. Sunday is no different – the winner puts down a true marker in the title race.
Both Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will want every advantage they can find, then. That’s difficult, however, when you’re without key players and Liverpool will miss at least two.w
Both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago will sit this one out, unfortunately. It puts Liverpool in a difficult spot, especially at right-back where the Reds lack true depth.
Despite that, Klopp is keen to turn this into an advantage – but keeping Guardiola guessing at what change he’ll make. The Liverpool boss believes he has three options to replace Alexander-Arnold. But what will he do?
Klopp has three options to replace player
“We do a line-up and we have more options actually for the position, so we will see which one we choose,” said Klopp, per Liverpoolfc.com.
“We have obviously James [Milner], we have Joe [Gomez], we have Neco [Williams].”
Now, only one of those is an actual right-back, of course – Williams. He’s also the least likely to start, however, given his lack of experience and the fact he’s returning from injury.
But he’s an option, certainly. It depends on how Klopp wants to play it and his options here offer him vastly different choices.
Milner, for instance, isn’t a defensive player but he’s perhaps best-suited to the attacking side of the right-back role. He certainly has the best all-around game.
Gomez would be an out-and-out defensive choice. Picking him could shackle Jack Grealish but it would also mean a change of style in attack. Gomez just can’t get the same kind of deliveries in that Liverpool thrive off.
It’s quite difficult for Guardiola to plan for, then. If Gomez is the pick, we imagine he’d move Grealish inside. He’d definitely want the Englishman up against Milner or Williams, though.
Lacking Alexander-Arnold is definitely a problem for Liverpool. But by keeping Guardiola guessing, Klopp is at least gaining something from his missing star.