Former Liverpool defender has spoken about Klopp’s challenge with his squad’s traffic in the attacking positions.
Jurgen Klopp has preferred a 4-3-3 system for Liverpool with 3 attackers being Mohammad Salah, Sadio Mane and Robert Firmino. However after the arrival of Diogo Jota and his spectacular performances in the recent weeks, Klopp has faced a new challenge to integrate the Portuguese into the squad as Firmino has been untouchable in that position for the last couple of seasons.
In the team’s match against Sheffield United on October, Liverpool coach incorporated a new system in which he had four attackers. If Klopp uses the same system now, it would mean that both Firmino and Jota could be featured at the same time. Ahead of their vital clash against Manchester City on Sunday, Stephen Warnock has spoken about Klopp’s challenges for the squad and the possible line up for the match against Guardiola.
“One thing I don't see Klopp doing is playing Jota and Firmino plus Mane and Salah at Etihad Stadium, like he did against Sheffield United at the end of October. It didn't quite work in attack having all four of them on the field at the same time, and the 4-2-3-1 formation that Klopp used that day left them vulnerable in wide areas too.
“Yes, having a front four makes it easier to press but if City get past them, Liverpool are potentially leaving their full-backs facing two-on-one situations if [Kyle] Walker or [Joao] Cancelo fly forward and one of their two holding midfielders cannot get across to help out.
“I can't see Klopp allowing that to happen on Sunday. Whoever he goes with up front, he will want three men in his midfield to sit in and protect his defence a bit more.”