Jurgen Klopp took over one of the most historic English clubs when he signed a 4-year contract with Liverpool football club a few weeks ago. He has had a tremendous start to his career as an English manager as he has lost just 1 match in the 10 he has played so far in all competitions. He has made a significant improvement to the way the players have been playing and is starting to have his full influence on the players at the club.
Klopp is yet to purchase a player of his liking and has had to deal with the set of players his predecessor Brendan Rodgers accumulated for himself. The manager, however, has already said to the media that he thinks that he squad has a lot of talent and can beat some good sides in Europe. He will not be too happy with the number of injuries to the squad but in general, Liverpool have enough depth in attack and midfield and is one of the stronger sides in English at the moment.
In attack, Liverpool started this season with 4 top class strikers in Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings. Sturridge is easily the first choice player for Klopp but has not been able to get himself fit to start games under his new manager. He has already scored for Liverpool this season before picking up another injury. He is now back in the squad and will have to work hard to pin down his place in the squad.
Divock Origi was purchased and then loaned back to Lille last season and has started playing for the club this season. Liverpool at times have had to use Origi due to injuries to all the other strikers and the tall Belgian has not failed to impress his manager. Origi is yet to score a goal in a Liverpool shirt but is more than a 4th choice striker for the club. He has pace and loads of tricks up his sleeve and can also beat a defender with ease. If he can start scoring for the club in the chances he gets, he may well find himself climbing up the pecking order.
Danny Ings started this season under Brendan Rodgers in supreme fashion. His work rate and energy made an instant impact on the Anfield faithful. But just as he started to knit two or three goals together a rough ACL injury more or less ended his season. He has not featured under Klopp so far but is a player Jurgen Klopp will love to have in his team. He is relentless and loves to put pressure on the opponents, exactly what Klopp wants his front line to do. He is a great match to Klopp’s philosophy.
Christian Benteke is the only option who can start games week in week out for Liverpool. The big Belgian is a good athlete but is also prone to injuries at times. But he has looked fit and healthy once he was back under Klopp and will want to cement his place in Klopp’s side. Benteke provides everything that a club like Liverpool needs to lead their front line. He can hold the ball up to release pressure on his team but more importantly can create and score goals in various situations. He is always an asset to a club and will be used intelligently by Klopp who seems to have settled down at his new club.
Liverpool have often been criticized for the lack of goal scoring opportunities under Brendan Rodgers and is still a problem under Jurgen Klopp. The club’s best performance under the new manager came in the 4-1 victory at the Etihad where they played without a striker and used Firmino as a false nine. The 4-3-3 formation may not be effective every time and Jurgen Klopp will need to find a way to get his forwards firing on all cylinders.
When Sturridge and Benteke are fit to start games for Liverpool, it will be interesting to see if the manager will change to a 4-3-1-2 formation with both the strikers in front of Phillipe Coutinho in the mid-field. This will give a chance to stretch their opposition’s defenses and might also help create more goals against weaker oppositions.
Whatever the formation and personnel that Klopp chooses, it will be important that the players are a 100% committed to the managers system and style of play and that they still to their tasks on the day. Have your say in how Klopp should line his attackers in the next few games for Liverpool.