Jurgen Klopp has been pretty consistent in his time at Liverpool regarding the formation he employs; however, he has deviated on occasion, including using a diamond in midfield. So, is there a chance that he could use an alternative formation in the future to optimise the team’s performance or as another option when the side is going through a difficult period and fails to pick up points?
This article will examine the potential of two alternative formations being used by the German for the Reds should their preferred 4-3-3 fail in the future.
The 5-2-3 Formation
Klopp has never fully employed this formation, but he has used patterns of the system through games in his Liverpool career. Evidence can be seen when Liverpool was dominating the Premier League in their title-winning season, as Fabinho would join the centre-back pair to create a three at the back while in possession, allowing the full-backs to push high and wide for more creative options.
This formation is widely recognised as a 3-4-3 when attacking but a 5-2-3 when defending. Klopp at this time would only use the attacking element of it as the team reverted back to a 4-3-3 when defending.
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This formation could work perfectly for Klopp with his current squad as they wait for a replacement for Fabinho in that holding role. Klopp could play a back three with either Joe Gomez or Joel Matip playing on the right-hand side to cover the space left by Trent Alexander-Arnold when the side attacked, and the same could be done with Ibrahima Konate on the left side for Andy Robertson.
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