After a week of much-hyped arrival of Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager, there has been talks of his big personality, and his paycheck also in Liverpool.These talks will now turn to what happens on the field and how Klopp will overturn the situation of Liverpool who are languishing at 10th position in the premier league.
It has been another messy start to the season for Liverpool, which eventually ended Brendan Rodgers’ job, leaving Klopp with much to do when he first takes charge of the club.
The world will tell you about gegenpressing and heavy metal full throttle football, but what will be his Liverpool team in his first game in charge against Spurs and more matches to come. There are few options:-
Klopp’s Dortmund system and the most likely one here in Liverpool also, built on well-drilled foundation of pace,power and tireless work rate of each player on the pitch.At the back Moreno and Clyne look safe enough, providing much needed width in attacking front on both sides of the field. Skrtel will play as one of the centre back, Klopp has to take decision on whether to continue with Sakho or give fit again Lovren a chance. Croatian dominance on the ball may tempt Klopp to give him a chance.
Further up, Can is tailor-made for ball-winning and ball-playing role. Lucas alongside Can in the two defensive midfield position with Can more of a box to box player and Lucas providing necessary cover for fullbacks. Further up, Coutinho will surely take the role of a no ’10’ playing just behind the centre forward, Milner and Lallana alongside him in 3 attacking midfield positions. Since, Klopp plays narrowly, so Milner and Lallana will be more sort of attacking midfielders rather than wingers. Daniel Sturridge is sure to start as the centre forward. With injury to Ings and Sturridge still not 100%, its a best chance for someone like Divock Origi who hasn’t performed to come good if given a chance.
Another option for Klopp, particularly in tough away games, could do with the tightening of central midfield area with an extra man. In this formation of 3 central midfield players, Lucas is likely to be there as a holding midfield player, Can and Milner to be box to box runners and ball winners in the middle of the park, Allen is another option as ball-winner and ball-player. In the front three, Coutinho, Lallana and Sturridge are the potent options for Klopp along with Ibe and Origi as backups, Firmino,Ings and Benteke still injured.
This is another narrow formation, width is only provided by the fullbacks and not by the attacking midfield players. In the midfield, Lucas will be there as a holding midfielder, Can and Milner as box to box runners and ball-winning in the middle of the park and surging forward to give support to the attacks. Coutinho will be there just behind the two strikers. If Benteke is fit, then Klopp may well go for this formation. The two strikers now are Sturridge and Origi and it is highly unlikely that Klopp will use this formation until Benteke comes back.
So basically Jurgen Klopp may well start with a narrow 4-2-3-1 formation in his first game in charge against Spurs. He can revert it to 4-3-3 easily and flood the central midfield with more players. It looks highly unlikely that 4-4-2 diamond formation will be in place for Spurs game because of injury to Ings and Benteke, leaving Sturridge for now as the only capable center forward.Captain Henderson’s return will also boost the midfield of Liverpool but till November,there is no chance of him coming back.
So Klopp will have to be content in what he has in terms of players availability and solve the ongoing problem of balance of the team on the pitch which Rodgers failed to do.