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23 Jun 2022 07:12:37

Is there any potential incoming midfielders?

I know we have a few but they are starting to age and feel the large amount of games could come back to haunt us.

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23 Jun 2022 07:22:59
I think we definitely need to bring in a midfielder it’s all well and good saying let’s give games to Harvey, Curtis and carvalho, and I agree they should be getting game time especially over the likes of Milner and ox (just my opinion) but bar keita the midfield three have no competition what do ever. The midfield should have 5 top player vying for the 3 positions with the 3 youngsters to rotate.

Would love one of Barella, Tonali, Bellingham to join but it’s very very unlikely.

23 Jun 2022 07:59:16
Maybe it won't be 3 midfield positions next season?

With Nunez a proper striker, we'll need a creative midfielder now as Nunez will not pull into midfield. He'll be on the shoulder. So maybe Bobby, Elliott or Carvalho could play off Nunez. Or another option could be playing with 2 strikers, with Jota and Nunez. Jota shone at Wolves playing off Jiminez in an old school strike partnership.

There's lots of options when you break it down. Also, Jones is 21 so he's no longer a kid. No point panic buying if we can't get the players Klopp wants.

23 Jun 2022 08:32:53
We certainly have the players for a 4231.

23 Jun 2022 08:50:38
OP, I think we bring one in IF Ox were to leave. If the Ox stays then that's it, IMO.

23 Jun 2022 09:35:53
Just my opinion (and if we’re still playing 433) in the big games if Hendo, Thiago and fab are fit they start but I think in a lot of other games we might see Hendo / fab rotate a lot and then Thiago rotated with the other midfielders we have allowing maximum rest and game time for all of the squad’s midfielders.

23 Jun 2022 09:39:58
MKS you’re depressing me with that 4-2-3-1 formation that you keep rattling out, enough with the football by numbers already lol.
Salah will be the man left up top, if anyone, imo.
Nunez is quick and mobile enough to get around, a la Mane.
As you say though, there’s options to mix it up and that’s a positive.

23 Jun 2022 10:34:04
With Gomez signing g we have 4 top CB's for 2 positions, we have 5 top front men for probably 3 positions but, we only have 3 very good midfielders for 3 positions, Fab who is excellent, thiago is great when fit and Hendo, ) after that its Keita (the LFC Banter page darling) Ox who couldn't get a kick second half of last season and 3 young players who have the weight of the LFC Banter page posters pressure on their very young shoulders to become worldies in the coming season. Seems to me the midfield, if it stays like it is will require gods intervention twice, on minimal injuries to the first 3 coz without it we are in trouble and for the young guys to learn to become top class midfielders in a matter of months. Oh and to the argument that this midfield got us to 3 finals and 2nd in league, I think the idea now is to push on and actually win the league and UCL final but that's just my opinion.

23 Jun 2022 10:56:52
Juicer, that is Klopp's original formation but not necessarily what i'm suggesting. Lewandowski up front with Gotze as a no.10 got him all of his success in Germany though. Reus and Blaczykowski tearing it up out wide. I don't think we need to be negative and play a workman-like midfield anymore. The Gini-Fabinho-Hendo triage had its day and although Thiago has shaken things up with a bit more panache, he still comes deep to receive the ball and thus sits on top of the centre backs a lot.

I think now is the right time to kick on with a more offensive approach, maybe even with 4 attackers at times or at the very least a midfielder who will play in between the opposition midfield and defence. We saw glimpses of it in 17/ 18 when Coutinho and then Ox after January made such an impact we called it the Fab 4, but it never quite clicked defensively because we didn't have Virgil pre-Christmas, and we didn't have Fabinho or Alisson at all. We did however score 7 goals in multiple games with that 4-2-4 approach.

I just don't think we need 2 or 3 ball winning midfielders anymore. City have only played with 1 for years and they're the bench mark right now whether we like it or not.

23 Jun 2022 11:54:36
With the players we have it would be very interesting to see how we would play in a 4-2-3-1 (Are you thinking Bobby in a no.10 role? )
If so the only place we would need to strengthen is on the RW where we'd only have Elliot and Chamberlain as cover and in a 4-2-3-1 i would think Elliot would be Bobby's back-up in nr.10 role. Maybe we should find out if there is no chance of Salah signing up. If he is going no matter what, maybe we should integrate his replacement in the squad already this season, like we did with Luis Diaz last Jan.

23 Jun 2022 12:21:43
I'm not that fussed how Sky's graphic animations dress up the tactics, Malak. 4231, 442, 4411, 433, 4213 etc. All i care about is us playing more attack minded players somehow!

23 Jun 2022 12:40:23
MK - people keep saying Nunez is a pepper striker which I’m interpreting as more akin to a traditional #9. Year most of his damage for Benfica came down the left side. It will be interesting to see how he is used.

23 Jun 2022 12:46:19
I actually agree with MK here that a 4231 starting formation may be useful to bring the best out of Nunez and allow a more attacking midfield to play in our system. With Elliot, Jones, Ox and and potentially even Firmino (I would love to see this personally) we certainly have the players for it with Hendo or Thiago sitting just in front of Fabs. My only concern would be where Jota fits into all of this. He’s clearly more suited to playing the CF role than out wide and with Salah staying and Diaz clearly effective out on the left im not sure where he fits in, much as I like him as opposed to the popular hatred he gets for some reason on here.

23 Jun 2022 13:14:09
Faith, what's a pepper striker?



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