Saturday afternoon Liverpool host Burnley and will look to bounce back from the heavy 5-0 defeat to Manchester City last week.
It was a on awful defensive show, again highlighting our fundamental weakness. This was again repeated in mid-week, conceeding two goals to a team who only had three shots on goal!
We can’t accept failure again and it’s up to Klopp and his coaching team to now find the right balance between defence and attack. What permutation of a back five will work? Who knows? It clearly depends upon our opposition, but realistically we have only got it right once this season against Hoffenheim. Yes we beat Arsenal 4-0 but at times they offered little or no attacking threat!
Klopp has stated (again) that Mignolet is his number one keeper and will play around 85% of the games, so expect him to be in goal.
I’d expect Matip to partner Lovren in the middle. The two full-back are difficult to predict. Clyne isn’t ready yet and Gomez and Alexander-Arnold aren’t ready to play regularly.
Moreno offers some great attacking threat so as we are at home i’d expect him ahead of Robertson.
With Mané suspended Klopp could mix it up a bit and play a diamond 4-4-2.
With Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum and Coutinho as the tip supporting Salah and Firmino. This almost liquid formation again allows Coutinho to move into space out wide if needed.
To throw it all in the air Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could make his first league start of the season. It’d be interesting to see who he replaces out Wijnaldum, Can or Henderson.
What is great is the flexibility and options available to Klopp. With a lot of fixtures now coming in thick and fast it’s important to rotate to ensure the high speed, pressing, direct football continues.
I can’t see anything other than a win for us. It has to be surely. What do you think?