Liverpool host Arsenal to put to bed nightmare 2017

​Liverpool host Arsenal in the evening kick off on Saturday night at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp and his men will certainly be looking to put to bed the nightmare that is 2017. Where the latest disaster was Monday’s 3-1 defeat to Leicester City. 

Will we see a change in system or will Klopp stick to his tried and tested 4-3-3 system? At this moment in time the team pretty much picks itself. Whilst this is a positive for continuity, it certainly could be seen as a negative for predictability. Should we revert back to 4-2-3-1 with someone like Origi holding the line? It’d certainly give Wenger something to think about.

Possible Starting XI

Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Lallana, Can, Wijnaldum; Mané, Firmino, Coutinho.

It seems that at the moment Klopp has opted for Mignolet’s experience over Loris Karius’ development. It’s hard to say if this is the right decision, however at times you question whether other than quick distribution, does Karius offer anything else?

​Lucas received a lot of the criticism after Monday’s defeat at the King Power where many questioned his positioning. With Lovren now approaching full fitness, he should get the nod ahead.

Against Leicester on Monday, Liverpool again really missed Henderson. He has provided a great platform to build any attack on and he is a vital cog in the engine room alongside Wijnaldum and Lallana.

One of the key factors in Liverpool’s abject performance against the Foxes was the complete lack of leadership in Liverpool’s midfield. Can has the physical edge over Henderson, put too often elects to pass sideways, rather than keep the tempo of Liverpool’s play at a high level.

Thankfully Mané has hit the ground running since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations. He proved his effectiveness against Tottenham, where his pace tore them to shreds. Whilst Coutinho scored the consolation goal on Monday we still need more goals from the Brazilian pair. Firmino’s lack of goals in recent games is starting to take its toll and we are really missing that natural predator instinct in the box.

Alternative options?

My biggest concern is our midfield, whilst I’m a massive fan of Can I do feel he’s taken a step backwards this season and shouldn’t play.

I would like to see Klopp play with Wijnaldum alongside Milner. His power and composure on the ball would help fill the ‘Henderson shape’ void. This would allow either Moreno an opportunity or switching Clyne to the left and play Alexander-Arnold on the right.

Ultimately those choices are down to Klopp, but it’d be great topportunity try something different. Give Wenger something to think about.

I’m hoping a win is on the cards, it could happen as we do step up against better opposition.

We will have to wait and see….

1 Comment

  1. I would love to see Milner play centrally, I agree with your thoughts on Can and Milner would be superb next to Wijnaldum.
    I do wonder if Can has the ability to play as a centre-back? Tall, powerful. Surely a better option to Lucas.

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