Liverpool need to break Klopp habit to unlock wild card signing potential

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Since Manchester United won three consecutive Premier League games between 2006 and 2009, only one team has retained the league title.It was Manchester City of Pep Guardiola, who continued their 100-point season in 2017-18 by beating Liverpool in the league last year.

The task now for the Reds is to match them next season, having won this year’s title in record time.

In the summer of 2018, between their first and second titles, Manchester City spent £ 60million on former Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

Liverpool are not in a position to spend that much over the next few weeks and indeed have never spent more than that on a single player twice. This therefore means that they will have to evolve in another way.

On the latest Analyzing Anfield podcast, David Hughes said: “Liverpool really need to open the door for them to adjust their formation a bit.

“Liverpool have to change slightly next season because 4-3-3 will not work week after week – a few teams are going to find a way to cancel it as they did recently.

“For me, Liverpool need an evolution in their tactical configuration. ”

Josh Williams added: “Jurgen Klopp did it with Xherdan Shaqiri and went to 4-2-3-1, but it seems to have choked a bit now and I would expect him to leave this summer. .

“That tactical variety that Klopp has used really well the past two seasons – he’s explored all avenues.

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“Adam Lallana played as a midfielder and all kinds of things. Takumi Minamino, even though he only arrived in January, has performed practically everywhere. ”

Former Red Bull Salzburg player Minamino may well be the key to this transition.

Liverpool are not expected to be in a position to attract multiple players this summer, so he and Divock Origi are likely to provide support at the regular three front next season.

At this point, given the final games of the season, there’s no doubt that Minamino is best suited to take on the role of this role, with Origi frustratingly inconsistent.



Takumi Minamino et Jurgen Klopp

Minamino is also capable of playing in all attacking roles – which is exactly why Liverpool brought him in for a fee of around £ 7.25million.

Minamino can play in any of the four front positions in a 4-2-3-1 formation, although he is better in one of the two middle positions.

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He could still become the man Shaqiri was in terms of changing the roster a bit against lower level Premier League opponents.

Evolution is crucial for every Premier League champion in order to avoid being caught by the chasing pack. Throwing money at this point is not an option for Liverpool, Minamino could prove to be an instrument they seek to progress once again.

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