Liverpool are battling defensively and, while it likely has more to do with injuries to key midfielders, a switch to a 3-4-3 could be a short term solution for Jurgen Klopp.
It’s certainly not time to panic by any means, but Liverpool have struggled to hold on to leads at times this season and it has cost them against Manchester City and Brighton.
An extra four points would see them one point clear of current league leaders Chelsea; incidentally, a side that implements a five at the back formation.
The main advantages of playing with three centre-halves and with wing backs is that it protects the goal much better and also hides weaknesses in midfield.
Liverpool’s biggest flaw right now is that Klopp has very little depth in the middle of the park. The German can’t moan about it too much, as he had ample time to sign a replacement for Georginio Wijnaldum but chose not to.
Of course, he could not predict that Thiago, Harvey Elliott, Naby Keita and Fabinho would all get injured. However, given how his defence was decimated by injuries last season, it seems a bit naïve to hope it wouldn’t happen again this time round.
Liverpool can still sign a central midfielder in January but until then, Klopp and Pep Lijnders need to ensure Chelsea don’t run away with the Premier League title before Christmas.
The Blues have won four out of their last five while Liverpool have drawn three and won two. Tuchel’s side has conceded just three goals and that’s where their main strength lies, as the Reds are the best-attacking unit in the league.
By switching to a back five – even if only as an in-game option to manage leads or when Klopp is short on midfielders as he has been recently – Liverpool can ensure they don’t concede two-goal leads as they did on Saturday.
Potential lineup: Alisson; Robertson, Konate, van Dijk, Gomez, Trent, Thiago, Fabinho, Mane, Jota, Salah.