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    Friday, 17 June 2022

    Darwin Nunez & Firmino: How Liverpool could line up without Sadio Mane - Charlotte Coates

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp may opt for a formation change at Anfield next season and Roberto Firmino could be key to making this a reality


    The nature of the transfer window means it is rare that a fanbase is completely satisfied with the business done by their clubs. That includes Liverpool.

    The Reds have just secured an £85million deal for striker Darwin Nunez from Benfica, but one look at social media and you can see more is wanted.

    With a fee yesterday being agreed for right-back Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen, Liverpool's incomings, which also includes Fabio Carvalho from Fulham, are said to be done.

    But... what about a midfielder? Even the likes of Steven Gerrard think they need one but with Aurelien Tchouameni opting for Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp knows there is no rush and will not be tempted into signing a stopgap. So, could this lead to a change in formation?

    Klopp's first-choice midfield of Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara is one that is among the best in the Premier League. But if it is lacking something, it is someone with the energy to burst into the box to score goals. There's not many players around who fit this profile... apart from a certain Englishman plying his trade in Germany.

    But with Borussia Dortmund standing firm in their stance to keep Jude Bellingham until at least next summer, Reds boss Klopp may be tempted into a change in system for the first time during his tenure at Anfield. His trusted 4-3-3 formation has brought every major honour back to Merseyside, but there isn't nothing wrong with change.

    Klopp's Dortmund side was famous for their 4-2-3-1 formation and, with the addition of Nunez, that could be coming to Liverpool very soon.

    And one man who could flourish in that system is Roberto Firmino. The Brazilian made the 'false nine' role his own but, while the Reds have now moved on, he could well be utilised in the deeper No.10 position.

    Firmino's ability to pick the ball up and create space for others is something that is not talked about enough and he has been integral to all of the success at Liverpool in recent years.

    A forward four of Luis Diaz, Firmino, Mohamed Salah and new boy Nunez is one that would strike fear into any defence in the world. And with Diogo Jota able to slot into any role along the frontline, a change of formation may allow the Reds to cope and then some without a midfield signing this summer.

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