Is the 4-2-3-1 the future of Klopp’s Liverpool?

Now obviously under Jurgen Klopp’s tactical mastermind last year, our Reds secured their 6th Champions League Trophy. For me to say that Klopp will 100% change his preferred inverted 4-3-3 of last year would be absolutely ludicrous. Luckily for the Reds they could stick with their 4-3-3 for the majority of the year mostly because of the influx of midfielders and the luxury of no major injuries to the deadly front 3 for the most part. We saw Klopp at times last year try to incorporate his baby, the 4-2-3-1, which turned Borussia Dortmund into a German powerhouse when he was still with the Black and Yellow. And in my honest opinion I do think Klopp would really like to change back to his 4-2-3-1 for the upcoming season. But the only way I can see Klopp changing is if Liverpool go out and purchase a big name attacker in this window. Although Klopp himself has said that he doesn’t plan to have a major splash in this summers window like the last. But recent rumors have started to come out that Coutinho wants back and Liverpool placed a bid for Nicholas Pepe. With a big name attacker that would afford Jurgen Klopp the luxury of being able to switch between both the 4-3-3 and the 4-2-3-1. With a hypothetical signing of Coutinho, in a 4-2-3-1, Coutinho would be cover for both wings and the 10, while having a spot to start in one of them. Also in the 4-2-3-1, it allows Naby Keita to play at his most natural position as the Mezzala in a double pivot, alongside Fabinho. A Mezzala is basically a midfielder who likes to find the half space and pick up the ball there and in Naby’s case going for a dribble. This is where Keita played and succeeded for RB Leipzig whilst in the Bundesliga. With Fabinho being a master at covering open space this gives Naby the freedom to play this role and we could see just how important he is to the team this year.

4-2-3-1

Firmino/Origi/Brewster

Mane/Shaq/Coutinho Salah/Shaq/Coutinho

Coutinho/Ox/Firmino

Naby /Wij/Ox/Hendo/Milner Fabinho/Wij/Hendo/Milner/Ox

Robertson/Milner Virgil/Lovren Gomez/Matip TAA/Milner

Alisson/Mingolet

The two things I notice if Klopp were to play the 4-2-3-1 are the fact that if a player like Coutinho is bought the problem Liverpool had of depth in the attacking front is basically gone now because of the flexibility of the players up front. The other thing I notice is the amount of class midfielders in which I would feel fully comfortable with if they had to play due to others being injured. Looking at the list I couldn’t pick a “worst” midfielder that we have. Obviously this is a 100% hypothetical situation that could turn a POSSIBILITY should Klopp add another big name attacker this window and whatever Klopp chooses I will be happy with, and it always comes back to four simple words… always Trust in Klopp!

Liverpool kick off their US preseason tour tomorrow at 8 against none other than Borussia Dortmund, check back after the game for the reaction blog! Catch Ya Then!


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