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Klopp hints at formation change thanks to midfield skill set

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Liverpool’s midfield and if it needs bolstering in the transfer window has been the subject of much debate, but Jurgen Klopp feels he has all the required skill sets for various systems.

The Reds have made three signings this summer, none of which have been in midfield but the arrival of Darwin Nunez has hinted at a possible change in systems from Klopp and co.

Nunez is more of a traditional forward option and opens the door to a 4-2-3-1 formation for the Reds, one that Klopp has utilised from time to time but without any consistency.

It was once favoured by Klopp whilst with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool could be set for a more lasting return in the coming season.

The flexibility in the squad allows for Liverpool to be unpredictable and the midfield brigade helps with just that, with Klopp singing their praises as part of a midfield defensive, while hinting at a change in formation.

“We can go through it. Where do you want to start?” Klopp told members of the written press during a sit-down interview, as attentions turned to the midfield and Jude Bellingham.

Thiago and Fabinho training, Kirkby (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“So, Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago, Milner, Keita, Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho, Oxlade-Chamberlain.

“Now you tell me what kind of player are we missing? One who is offensive, 1.95m and arrives into the box to head balls in? OK, apart from that!

“We have three players in the squad who can easily play as a No. 6 – Fabinho, of course, but Hendo and Milly played it fine.

“Creativity? If we bring in a player just for that, we immediately make it more difficult for Harvey, Curtis and Fabio.

“They can all play different positions as well, of course, Curtis can play a line higher and Harvey and Fabio can play there too. Fine.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 27, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp brings on Liverpool's oldest and youngets ever Cup final platyers James Milner (C) and Harvey Elliott (R) during the Football League Cup Final match between Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“We can play a different system as well, where we might only need two midfielders, but then all these guys can play as a No. 10 in the new system.”

The words “in the new system” is as good of a hint as any and Klopp knows he has options aplenty for the No. 10 role from midfield and his existing forward options, not to mention those for a more roving or disciplined role.

The shift to a 4-2-3-1 would answer why the need for a new midfielder this summer is not as great, despite Liverpool having been in the hunt for Aurelien Tchouameni.

With the players Klopp listed above, Liverpool clearly feel they have more than enough depth and can wait until 2023 to land their next-generation midfielder and in the meantime, the Reds will continue to evolve tactically.

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