Jurgen Klopp says he has decisions he’s happy to make as Liverpool take on Brighton at Anfield tomorrow. We have a look at two ahead of the Premier League clash.
Jurgen Klopp admits it’s a good thing that there are decisions to make with his team selection. Liverpool take on Brighton tomorrow and the boss certainly has options to choose from.
“I wouldn’t call it a headache but a few decisions I have to make, obviously,” he said, per Liverpoolfc.com. “But thank God – it’s always a good sign when you have to make decisions because it means you have options.
“Really bad times are when you don’t have options and the decisions are pretty much in front of you and you have no influence on it.”
So what are those decisions? We see two nice ones Klopp has to make.
Klopp has used two different centre-back combinations in Liverpool’s last two games. In fact, he used five centre-backs in total, with Nat Phillips coming on at half-time against Preston North End.
Virgil van Dijk started alongside Ibrahima Konate against Manchester United, though. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip then got the nod at Deepdale.
We love the look of these two combinations and they provide a fantastic balance. It could be a case of Liverpool keeping the pairings together and rotating them game to game.
But who should start against Brighton? Klopp could honestly pick any of those four and guarantee himself a strong lineup. It just depends on his plans for Atletico Madrid next week, as well as player fitness, of course.
We think it’ll be Van Dijk and Konate again but who knows? No wonder Klopp loves having this decision – he can’t really lose with it.
Mane for who?
Sadio Mane didn’t start against United – the only one of the regular four forwards. That makes it fairly predictable that he comes back in for this one.
But who bows out? We know it won’t be Mohamed Salah and everyone’s general versatility means it could be either Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino.
Should Mane play from the left with Jota central? That would be a very direct, counter-attacking side. Perhaps Liverpool need that against a Brighton outfit that wants the ball, however.
Or maybe Firmino stick and Jota sits out. That would be Liverpool’s more traditional front-three and could potentially mean more possession.
Much like the centre-backs, though, we’re not sure Klopp go pick a poor Liverpool attack against Brighton. All four of them are in good form this season and look threatening.
We’re essentially witnessing the opposition of last season, here. Klopp goes into every game with difficult, welcome decisions to make. No matter what he does, it should look good.