The appearance of Darwin Nunez or Fabio Carvalho has sparked a lot of information that Jurgen Klopp will return with 4-2-3-1.
Liverpool entered the summer with the mentality of a generational transition, the departure of Sadio Mane means that the legendary trio Mane-Firmino-Salah will no longer be together.
In return, they brought in Fabio Carvalho and Darwin Nunez, many rumors suggested that coach Jurgen Klopp was considering changing the formation to 4-2-3-1, the scheme with which he flourished at Dortmund.
Many sources even pointed out that after the first training sessions started, Klopp also consulted the test of the new system and eliminated questions about a new signing in the midfield by stating that he may only need two midfielders in midfield.
That leads to the conclusion that Liverpool will use 4-2-3-1 with Nunez playing as a typical striker and Carvalho or Firmino will be assigned the responsibility of playing in the ‘number 10’ position.
But in the six warm-ups, there was practically no major tactical change. 4-3-3 is still the scheme used throughout.
It is not clear if this is a move to ‘hide cards’ by coach Jurgen Klopp or really Liverpool have not dared to try in a 4-2-3-1 diagram because of many inadequacies.
First, Trent Alexander-Arnold has appeared more in the central area, rather occupying a space in the Half-Space (inner corridor) to contribute play and distribute the ball like a midfielder in the midfield. control and attack posture. If switching to 4-2-3-1, the position of the English player is completely reasonable to help Liverpool balance personnel in the middle of the field.
However, everything is still in the experimental stage and the ‘evolution’ of Alexander-Arnold’s play is just the beginning. Typically in the match against Man City, although the defender of the Three Lions plays more comfortably and creatively in his new role. However, he needs a lot of support from the surrounding barrier, especially captain Jordan Henderson. His defense also needs to be improved in Liverpool’s goal.
In other words, only when Alexander-Arnold can control the midfield, Jurgen Klopp can withdraw a midfielder in this area.
The second reason comes from rookies’ ability to integrate and adapt. Not everyone adapts as quickly as Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez are either. There have been times, the Uruguayan striker made the fans think of a “bad” scenario for the most expensive contract in history.
All this is not to say that Darwin Nunez does not meet the quality of expertise, but just that he needs more time. Even coach Jurgen Klopp needs time. Liverpool have been playing for more than 5 years with a ‘virtual 9’ and the squad structure and gameplay cannot be changed overnight but because of Nunez.
As for Fabio Carvalho, or maybe Harvey Elliott, they are all bright faces in the position of a future ‘number 10’. However, both are still very young and even coach Jurgen Klopp has to admit that: “You can’t impose a position on a young player, you should let them develop in a free direction to promote. maximum capacity”.
Obviously, the two twenties that Jurgen Klopp has are really versatile, but still not the most complete version. Perhaps Jurgen Klopp understands that taking advantage of the versatility of Elliott and Carvalho at the present time instead of placing them in a certain framework will be better for both sides.
The remaining problem is because Liverpool still lack a piece in the midfield. With nine players in the midfield that he has, each has a certain strength but is not the key to being able to immediately turn to 4-2-3-1.
A versatile Double Pivot pair is crucial for the smooth operation of 4-2-3-1. For now, Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara seem to be the two most prominent names in midfield to do this. However, without Jordan Henderson’s ability to ‘clean up’, Fabinho’s task is very heavy while Thiago’s physical ability to manage both offensive and defensive fronts is still a question mark.
In contrast, if you put two “workers” Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in the middle of the field, the creativity in Liverpool’s balls is completely paralyzed. Liverpool will have to rely heavily on the creativity of the ‘incomplete prototype’ Alexander-Arnold and the ‘big new 10’ above.
The most suitable solution seems to come from the ‘machine’ in the midfield of Aurelien Tchouameni or the versatility and ability to manage the midfield of Jude Bellingham, the player that coach Jurgen Klopp really wants to own. However, Tchouameni is already a Real man and Bellingham is ‘invulnerable’ this summer and Liverpool will have to wait.
Overall, Jurgen Klopp’s brilliant brain has led Liverpool long enough and understands the personnel he has in hand. Before that, the time he operated 4-2-3-1 was not less and he knew the strengths and weaknesses of this scheme.
Therefore, it is still not excluded that Jurgen Klopp will operate the ‘modern weapon’ 4-2-3-1, which will upgrade it into a most complete version. But every transformation, experiment takes time and this is not the right time.