The Reds boss has generally refrained from experimenting too much, but his side’s recent development alongside players linked to transfers to the club points to a possible change next season.
In the meantime, Euro 2020 takes place, with the use of Jordan Henderson perhaps offering one more clue as to Klopp’s option to turn things around in the months to come.
The Liverpool skipper has yet to start a game for England at the tournament, but his time on the pitch has seen him be part of a midfield duo, Gareth Southgate opting for for the 4-2-3-1 and 3- 4-3.
Klopp rarely opts for a three-way formation; Even when recently analyzing Germany’s fortunes at Euro 2020, he said he would use a back four if he was in charge of the national team, and that was the case throughout his tenure at Anfield.
The 4-2-3-1 – on the other hand – is a very realistic possibility given the departure of Gini Wijnaldum alongside the club’s other central midfielders, with Henderson now 31 and Thiago Alcantara 30.
Fabinho is still only 27, but he’s not the fastest on the pitch and this is recently becoming a theme within Liverpool’s midfielder department, with Curtis Jones perhaps the only talent to match the mold of a young midfielder who has a lot of vigor attached to his game.
Klopp will be busy researching solutions in the coming weeks as he prepares for a resurgence in the 2021/22 campaign, but he could potentially take inspiration from Southgate’s use of Henderson.
In a midfielder two setting, the emphasis is less on the ability of midfielder players to run from square to square; rather, their movements tend to be more side-to-side as they govern proceedings from deeper areas, allowing the four in front of them to occupy the last third spaces.
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The Reds are also said to be looking for an additional striker as this player is able to step up the application of 4-2-3-1 due to the demand for at least four offensive players in this form.
Liverpool’s transfer window has yet to fully take shape.
But ultimately – unless a physical midfielder is added to the ranks who can cover the pitch – Klopp could start relying on 4-2-3-1 more often next season.