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Four ways Liverpool could line up in new 4-4-2 formation

Four ways Liverpool could line up in new 4-4-2 formation

Jurgen Klopp switched things up for their Champions League clash against Rangers.

Liverpool got back to winning ways on Tuesday night with a comfortable 2-0 win over Rangers in the Champions League.

After a stuttering start to the 22/23 campaign which saw the Reds pick up just 10 points from their opening eight Premier League games, plus an embarrassing 4-1 thrashing by Napoli in their Champions League opener, Klopp has decided to change his formation in order to make his side more solid.

Klopp has preferred a 4-3-3 formation since he took over from Brendan Rodgers seven years ago and has rarely strayed away from that.

However, when push came to shove, Klopp had to think of other ideas to stop his side’s worrying recent form.


As a result, Klopp switched things up by deploying his men in a 4-4-2 formation which saw Darwin Nunez and Diogo Jota partner each other up front. Whilst Jordan Henderson and Thiago were at the heart of the midfield.

Here are four ways Liverpool could line up in their new 4-4-2 formation if Klopp continues with the idea.

Fabinho in for Henderson?

There have been talks about Liverpool’s midfield being the weakness of the time for some time now. Henderson and Fabinho have been performing way below par so far this season.

However, the Brazilian has been an important part of Klopp’s success at Liverpool, which could see him start ahead of the skipper.


Roberto Firmino ahead of Darwin Nunez

Since his move from Benfica, Nunez has failed to live up to the expectations that came with his huge price tag.

A red card capped off his horror Anfield debut, in recent matches the Uruguayan has looked hungry for goals but he has failed to find the back of the net.

Against Rangers on Tuesday he missed a handful of big chances to put his side further ahead.

Firmino meanwhile has been in fine form, with five goals and three assists in 10 appearances to his name.

The ability that Firmino has to drop deep could work well in this formation.


Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota strike partnership, Harvey Elliott out wide

It has been a slow start to the season for Liverpool’s star man Salah as he has only registered five goals in 11 appearances so far.

A move to the striker role could be an option for Klopp, with the talented Elliott coming in on the right-hand side.

With the inexperienced Elliott in the team, Klopp may choose to bring Henderson back in to help the youngster.


Salah and Nunez up front, Jota wide

Liverpool have been famed for their pure pace whilst on the attack, Salah and Nunez could prove to be one of the quickest front lines in the land as both are willing runners.

Jota and Luis Diaz on the wing will be able to cause opponents damage too.


How should Liverpool line up against Arsenal this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino