Premier League News: Given Liverpool’s ongoing issues with players in midfield, Jurgen Klopp has hinted he could switch to a 4-2-3-1, although other issues have stopped him so far.
There is hope after the signings of Darwin Nunez and Fabio Carvalho that Liverpool can change formation heading into the 2022/23 season.
But throughout pre-season, 4-3-3 was played anyway, and that’s what happened in the opening four games of the season.
Monday (22/08), Klopp relegated Fabinho to the bench and started Jordan Henderson as number 6, Harvey Elliott and James Milner were retained in first-team roles, with Carvalho being the only other senior option on the bench.
That led to poor form which exacerbated Liverpool’s problems with Thiago, Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all currently sidelined through injury.
Speaking in his post-match press conference at Old Trafford, Klopp explained his decision to leave Fabinho on and, referring to issues with numbers, stated he was considering playing with two players in midfield.
However, the manager also noted how, Nunez and Diogo Jota are also currently sidelined, he will struggle to field the four strikers needed in a 4-2-3-1 system.
“We have, at the moment, five senior midfielders, and we have to play three,” he told reporters.
“We could have started the game with more strikers if we had more strikers, but we only have three strikers, so that means we have to start with three and make changes during the game.
“How we want to start and how we want to change, we have to think before the game. That’s the only reason for that.”
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