Liverpool scored 4 goals last week for the first time since December, thanks to some key changes in the formation as well as personnel.
Injury to Roberto Firmino provided a rare start to a fit-again Daniel Sturridge alongside Divock Origi, a move which forced Klopp to change the system from 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 diamond.
The change in system moved Coutinho from a wide forward position to a more suited midfield role which proved to be a masterstroke from our manager.
Adam Lallana, who played just behind the two strikers against the Hammers, has admitted that with current players, the 4-3-3 system Liverpool have been playing is less effective than the formation that was used against West Ham.
“If we had played a 4-3-3 with those players, either Divock or Sturridge would have had to play out wide. I might have been playing out wide. It was the perfect system for the players we had,” Lallana told Liverpoolfc.com.
Lallana’s assertion clearly states the fact that we lack players who can play in wide areas, with Sadio Mane being the only exception. Both Sturridge and Origi are strikers who are suited to play centrally rather than in wide positions and Firmino is clearly not a winger but an attacking midfielder who can also play as a false 9.
Since Mane’s injury, the 4-3-3 has stopped yielding goals for the club, who were the highest goalscoring side in the Premier League this season until then. Excluding West Ham’s hammering, the Reds have scored just 7 goals in their last 6 games.
Liverpool will need to buy at least one winger this summer and the Reds have been linked with Julian Brandt of Bayer Leverkusen and Roma’s Mohamed Salah recently. With Brandt less likely to happen now, Klopp could go for Salah who has better goal return and might cost us around €30m.
Do you think Liverpool should continue with two strikers up front instead of playing the usual 4-3-3?