If Jurgen Klopp goes 4-2-3-1, who will be Liverpool’s winner and loser?
Jürgen Klopp prefers 4-3-3 all the time at Liverpool. The Reds have made a strong connection to this system and have used it to win all possible silverware over the last few years.
The German coach is currently in the process of forming a new team, and Sadio Mane is set to join Bayern Munich this summer. Much of Liverpool’s latest transfer deal ahead of next season has to do with the future of 4-2-3-1 at Anfield.
Which players will benefit and which players will suffer as Klopp is expected to change his squad in the coming months? If 4-2-3-1 is the first choice, let’s look at the team winners and losers.
One of the winners will be Fabio Carvalho. The Portuguese, who recently agreed a move from Fulham, hopes to play well at Anfield next season.
At Craven Cottage, Carvalho shone last season when he finished 10th with former Everton boss Marco Silva. Liverpool don’t have a tendency to work with number 10, but using 4-2-3-1 will open the field for teenagers.
Although he is in 8th place and as a striker, the Reds bought him because he played in 10th place, and a 4-2-3-1 will allow him to maintain his position.
Another winner will be Ibrahim Konate. The French center-back competed with Joel Matip last season, but Klopp often chooses a more experienced man.
However, as a result of how 4-2-3-1 works in a tactical sense, Konate may be a better choice. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will have less wing backs than their midfielders because of a system that includes two central midfielders instead of three.
As a result, it is clear that Klopp’s central defenders will face more one-on-one battles with their opponents, and Konate has shown that he is a master of dominance in these situations.
In Darwin Nunez, Klopp took on the role of a more traditional striker than his previous collaborators at Merseyside.
With a 6-foot-2 foot, proving to be a clinical poacher, and having the opportunity to convert, Nunez will no doubt be able to stay in the danger zone and do his best to find the net.
A 4-2-3-1 will allow him to do just that, as the 10th player behind him, Nunez, who fell deeper, will remain in the penalty area and finish the move.
But Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could lose. The Englishman plays the role of the 8th player, who shows his energy and physical superiority.
4-2-3-1 will instruct the team’s midfielders to maintain their position in the deeper parts instead of moving forward, so they will remove the customary role that contributes to the box.
Eventually, Oxlade-Chamberlain’s preferred role in the 4-2-3-1 will disappear, and it will be difficult to impress him if the attacking teammates look up at the pitch.
Mohamed Salah could be another player to lose. Although he is sure to play almost every week, the system will not be adapted to his skills.
If there was a 4-2-3-1 system, Egypt would spend more time on the young wing than usual. He needed a few internal runs and Nunez, who leads the team, is unlikely to score as much as Salah did with his teammate Roberto Firmino.
The 30-year-old used 4-2-3-1 when he was at Roma, so it’s safe to say he won’t be in the spotlight, even if he doesn’t fight in any way. Edin Dzeko, not Salah, scored the weekly goal in Rome.
In general, with just one year to go before the end of the contract, it may be in Liverpool’s interest to abandon the system based on Klopp Salah’s results.
Curtis Jones is a player who has found his place under Klopp. The Liverpool academy graduate has a relatively unusual skill set and it continues to change.
Jones isn’t a great striker, but sometimes he seems too attacking to be a central midfielder. In eighth place, Klopp allowed Jones to finish in the top three, but he continued to make a significant contribution to the defense of the game.
However, like Oxlade-Chamberlain, 4-2-3-1 doesn’t include such a character, and Jones has to adapt. He doesn’t seem to fit in either role, with Louis Diaz in 10th place or left wing.
The 21-year-old is still young enough to continue to develop, but if Liverpool stay 4-2-3-1, his most effective position on the team will be uncertain.