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Klopp’s Conundrum – 3 Possible Formations That The Liverpool Manager Can Use With His New Signings




Even after signing seven world class players, it doesn’t seem like Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has any plan to stop anytime soon. But this is no secret that Liverpool stills need a steel in the defence as the manager has signed just 2 players for the backline, and the wound on the left area is still demanding a reinforcement.

Liverpool already had a few good names for the midfield, yet the manager has reinforced the area, so now, the task has been labored for the manager to find the suitable options for the position as we all are aware of the fact that Liverpool are no longer in the Champions League, hence, we might see a very less possibility of the squad rotation.

Jurgen Klopp, in a recent interview has clearly stated that the current Liverpool squad is now his and not the team he inherited from Brendan Rodgers:

“This is my squad now,” Klopp said. “After all the transfers… this time it is my team. There are probably no players here anymore I don’t want. There are no signings I didn’t want, we have not sold anyone I didn’t want to.

“And if you have seen them in training, there is a special quality that we did not have last year.

“Above all, you can see we have created a special atmosphere, not only in our team but with our fans.”

It is very much obvious that working under the manager like Jurgen Klopp is one of the best things for any player, but the main concern lies here is the possible formation that the manager should opt. Every single player will demand a regular game time, hence the manager might have to do a lot of homework regarding the same. So here, we give you three possible formations, Liverpool manager can use in the Premier League:


  • 4-3-3:

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The manager majorly used 4-2-3-1 formation in the last season of the league, but with more attacking options available, he might go with 4-3-3. The manager used this in his pre-season fixtures and has got a mixed result so far. The attacking trio will be an obvious choice for manager, in the form of, Coutinho, Firmino, and Mane.

With Can playing a deeper role in the midfield, Wijnaldum could obtain a license to launch himself forward at the times and for the central area, the manager could use Henderson/Milner or Grujic, who will be looking forward to drive the team forward and could also contribute to the defence. We really feel that this could be a great option for the side as they could use so many bodies up front while launching a counter.

  1. 4-4-1-1: (Diamond)-

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In this formation, the manager could really use a perfect centre-forward to get the goals. What we have observed so far is Firmino is not the kind of player, who could be named as the target man in the box, hence, Sturridge or Origi might work in the tactics. If not as a centre forward, Firmino could work well as a false 9 too.

On the other hand, Mane and Coutino will exploit the wings as expected, but they might have to sit a little bit deeper to help the defence at times. Furthermore, Can will be an obvious candidate for the defensive role, while the manager might face a serious conundrum for the central area. He tried using Wijlandum as a central man against Roma, but the 25-year-old failed to deliver what was expected. It was then clear that he loves to go forward rather than sitting back and defend and since Liverpool will already have four players to attack, Klopp might cut Gini’s role in the area.

  1. 4-3-2-1:

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This would be quite similar to that of 4-3-3, but here, the manager will rule out the roles from the wings. To give an example; the formation would be quite similar to that of Barcelona, when they had Ibrahimovic, Messi, and Henry for the attack, while Iniesta, Xavi and Busquets for the midfield. While Firmino will act as a sole centre-forward, Coutinho and Mane would be helping him as the attacking midfielders, or as a false number nine.

While, on the other hand, the midfield would be same to that of 4-3-3, i.e., Can will be playing a deeper role as usual and Wijlandum will launch himself as a box to box player and Henderson/Grujic or Milner will command the play from the central area.