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Squad Depth Analysis: Here Are 2 Completely Different Squads That Jurgen Klopp Can Line-Up For Liverpool This Season


Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool did have a pretty decent transfer window in the summer. Though many have stated that the Reds could have done with a left-back, the Merseyside club have a lot of quality in the side now.

Loris Karius, Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Joel Matip were some of the big names joining the Premier League side in the summer. The new signings have added a lot of depth into the squad and that means, the manager could easily field two different playing XIs.

Liverpool might not be in European competition but having two quality players in a side fighting for a starting XI berth does not hurt. Jurgen Klopp needs to take Liverpool back into the top four and hopefully with these two sides at his disposal, he should be taking the Reds to the Champions League in 2017-18.

First XI

If we are to look at Liverpool’s first XI, Loris Karius has to be the goalkeeper of choice, even though he has picked up an injury in preseason. The young German is better than Simon Mignolet and should have started the season as Liverpool’s first choice keeper.

When it comes to the back four, the strongest team that the Reds can dream of contains three old boys. Nathaniel Clyne would be the right-back, as he is the most consistent defender. For the left side, the manager might drop Alberto Moreno to bring in the experienced veteran midfielder cum defender, James Milner. The heart of the defence would feature Dejan Lovren and one of the new signings, Joel Matip.

The midfield duo has to be a dynamic pair that can support the attack and defence. Emre Can is a shoe in for the spot and it is a surprise he hasn’t been a regular for the side this season. The German should be paired with Jordan Henderson, even though the Liverpool captain has had an average start to the season.


The front four would feature three attackers and one striker. The man leading the strike force would be Daniel Sturridge with Roberto Firmino playing just behind him. On the right would be Sadio Mane who has been excellent for the Reds so far. The player on the left would be another Brazilian, Philippe Coutinho.

This should be the strongest XI for the Reds and they should field out a formation of 4-2-3-1

Second XI

The second XI should feature Simon Mignolet. The Belgian goalkeeper is Liverpool’s number one at the moment but still does not look all that confident between the sticks. The left-back for the side would be Alberto Moreno. The young defender has completely lost his place, thanks to a series of inconsistent performances, but he isn’t that bad, to say the least.

The right-back would be the young gun, Connor Randall. The Englishman has impressed the manager with his performance during the pre-season, hence, he surely is a great option. The centre-backs would feature Ragnar Klavan and Mamadou Sakho. The French defender Sakho would be relegated to the second side, simply because of his off the pitch antiques.

The midfield would feature the defensive stalwart Lucas Leiva and he would be paired with a new signing, Marko Grujic. This pair would ensure Liverpool have sound quality both in attack and defence from the midfield.


The two wide men would be Georginio Wijnaldum on the left while Adam Lallana would be playing out on the right. Both players prefer a more central role but are adept enough to play as wingers.

Liverpool do have a lot of quality in attack and their front two would feature youngsters looking to make a name for themselves. Danny Ings should be given a chance after missing out on a lot of game time last season and he would be partnered with Divock Origi. The Belgian star seems to be getting better with each game and should be a threat to Daniel Sturridge’s place soon.

The Reds do seem to have a lot of punch in their side and it should be a fun ride for them in this campaign as they look to the Holy Grail that is the UEFA Champions League.



    September 8, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Yeah, we could put two decent teams out these days but, let’s be honest, there wouldn’t be a decent LB or defensive midfielder in either! And I wouldn’t bet that any of the strikers we could choose will play more than 20 games this year either!!!!!

  2. Ray

    September 8, 2016 at 7:24 am

    What sort of Liverpool supporting website doesn’t know that Can came back late after being away with Germany at the euros and has also had a few niggling injuries hence the reason why he hasn’t been playing ?

  3. Tbone187

    September 8, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Grujic looks good and Can can be immense on his day so the notion of no decent option in DM is false imo. Hendo is even getting better in there seeing as he was forced to do it in the opening games without any real experience in the role.


    September 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    As Grujic has played a few minutes only for us I doubt if any LFC fans know his aptitude for DM because most of the video stuff I saw of him playing at his last club had him rampaging forward as an attacking midfielder, Can is okay – but still inexperienced – in the role but rarely gets time on that green stuff at the moment and, let’s be honest, should a club of Liverpool’s size be going into a season TRYING a player in a position, to see how he settles? Most clubs have specialist players for that position or at least try the experimenting in pre-season, not when the serious stuff starts.
    No wonder we are five points behind United and City after just three games if that is how we are going to think! The only similarities between Henderson and Souness or Alonso is that they all have the same number of heads and legs as each other. DM is not an easy position to fill and takes a specific mind-set.
    Mind you, when we’ve also got a RIGHT-WINGER playing LB most of the time – and just about coping – it probably says a lot about the seriousness of the management and owners when it comes to challenging for the title. United and City spend over a hundred million each and LFC, supposedly hoping to CATCH them and OVERTAKE them end the transfer window with a blooming profit, for Heaven’s sake . . . and major weaknesses at LB and DM still unsolved!

  5. Tbone187

    September 9, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Look, if you expected Klopp to sort out every position in one window, you were really hoping for a dream. I thought he’s done well in the window. He knows the players best and was brought in to make these decisions. It’s easy to say yes, bring in this guy or that but then what happens to the development of those already here. They get stunted in the end.

    You’ll notice he has brought in very attack minded players, even using Wijnaldum in CM together with Lallana. The DM position isn’t the crux of Klopp’s defensive strategy. We are adopting a pressing system where everyone defends in unison.

    The left back situation is strange yes, but Milner needs game time and he won’t get it in midfield. He’s already been on record to say the fullback position in Klopp’s system is more wingback than anything else.Working together with Moreno should be interesting over the season.

    If it works , he’s a genius. If it fails, he’ll fall on his own sword. I’m okay with it in the end.

    Hés a shrewd manager in terms of his approach and signings, etc…We knew that before we got him. Now lets allow him the opportunity.


    September 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    Sorry, mate, can’t agree with you! If we had very little money I’d say fair enough, you can only do so much with what you’ve got but, as we’ve got more money than we know what to do with after ending the transfer window IN PROFIT – as well as having a huge transfer budget in the first place – the fact that we’ve not addressed known and well-documented weaknesses in the team during this period is just unacceptable. Possibly another few games down the road, potentially ten points behind the big boys, with the LB and DM positions STILL causing numerous problems, are we to look surprised when the manager says we need a new LB and DM after he’s tried every player we’ve got in these weak positions?
    You mention the development of players at LFC? Do you mean developing Milner, the 31-year-old right winger, now slowing down a bit, into a long-term LB? How about Sturridge, the injury-prone striker, into a right-winger or Henderson, the very average attacking midfielder, into a DM?
    Are we going to try the almost impossible feat of converting error-prone Sakho into a footballer? And we don’t have any youngsters coming through, that I’ve heard of, in these positions so do we keep struggling on until some kid leaves school and gets good enough to give us a decent LB or DM?
    I can just imagine City or United doing that!!!!
    For us to challenge we need to cure our defensive ills, end of story, and we won’t do that by persevering with known weaknesses that we can easily afford to remedy.
    If we are adopting a ‘pressing system’ in which everybody defends in unison I think we can say it’s not working brilliantly with six goals conceded in three games! Are we going to have to score three every game in order to win? Playing without a recognised striker might not help in achieving that!
    Also like to mention that no other top team plays without a recognised DM and most have TWO! Can can play there, at a pinch, but we don’t have anybody else who can do it comfortably and naturally, with a defensive head on.
    No, we had the money, some decent players were around (Hector for LB, for one) and we chose not to spend. It’ll be good reading and hearing the excuses IF we fall even further off the pace by Christmas . . .
    Up the Reds!

  7. Tbone187

    September 9, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    NO, Developing Can and Gujic in DM.

  8. Tbone187

    September 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm

    And Sakho is a top defender, make no mistake buddy. You clearly didn’t follow us well enough last season to state anything but.

    We are not City or United mate. I’m glad we don’t copy n paste their processes tbh.

    It’s best we agree to disagree then coz your views are well off mine.
    Although our views count for nothing in the end.It’s only Klopp’s that matters.


    September 9, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I watched my first game in 1963 or 1964 so I’ve seen Hansen, Lawrenson, Thompson, Yeats, Hyypia and several other top defenders and Sakho isn’t good enough to be mentioned in the same breath as them! Long-time season ticket holder who reluctantly had to give up his seat due to working commitments but I’ve seen every great defender hundreds of times, and Sakho dozens of times live and even more often of TV and he gives me palpitations every time the ball goes near him. Positioning AWFUL – watch replays of the Dortmund game (4-3) to see which player played them onside for every Dortmund goal . . . Sakho – and his heading and passing are poor. He might have a bit of a cult following but he is a liability more often than not. The problem is, Lovren isn’t much better and we don’t know enough about the two new guys to comment yet!

  10. RED PHIL

    September 9, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Do you mean the Grujic who has played about six minutes this season, despite being fit, and the Can who has played about seven minutes, or whatever the accurate figures are? Most of the video footage I’ve seen of Grujic have him attacking and not playing DM so when is his transition going to happen? On the bench, perhaps?
    Have fun, my friend!

  11. Tbone187

    September 9, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Despite being fit?? You have no clue do you really? Firing from the hip it appears…Get on with it then.

  12. Tbone187

    September 9, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Okay Mr. Season ticket. You’ve clearly got the insight that others don’t. Have fun with it.This is all your opinion. I respect that but please don’t go on like it’s fact.

  13. RED PHIL

    September 9, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Everything on these sites are opinions and in my opinion, having watched LFC for donkey’s years, we had two main weaknesses and lots of dosh and we didn’t solve those problems. If we end up the season out of Europe, again, we have failed miserably and there would be less chance of us failing IF we had Hector and a specialist DM in situ. Sorry, but that ain’t rocket science . . . and it is probably the OPINION of most LFC fans.

  14. Tbone187

    September 9, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    Fair enough…My bad…just a little optimism would go a long wat. Not much we can do bout the transfer window now.

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