Jurgen Klopp could eventually unleash a fresh formation with his next signing.
When Jurgen Klopp arrived in Merseyside in October 2015, he had a vision in mind.
When the transfer market opened three months later, he tried to put that idea into action with a new signing.
Alex Teixiera was supposed to be the German’s first big acquisition as Reds manager; the tricky Brazilian would bring firepower to the Reds’ assault from his preferred no.10 position, but the deal fell through.
Despite his impressive goal return in Ukraine, the Shakhtar Donetsk forward was regarded too pricey, and he went to China just months later, joining Jiangsu FC for about £45 million.
Klopp appeared to want to bring in a no.10 at the moment, possibly to reorganize the formation he used at Borussia Dortmund, and it wasn’t long before he tried again.
Mario Gotze was the next player to be linked with a move, with Julian Brandt, but both ended up returning to Klopp’s former club rather than accompanying him to England.
Instead, Liverpool signed Sadio Mane from Southampton and Mohamed Salah from AS Roma, believing that the combination of Mane, Salah, and Firmino would be able to win the Premier League and the Champions League together.
For the first time since roughly 2017, the door to 4-2-3-1 feels open again as Klopp creates his new team in preparation for a challenge to recapture his English title next season.
Liverpool may build that shape in the future in a variety of ways, not all of which are dependent on the transfer market.
If all of the players are fit, the current squad could play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Mane and Diogo Jota on the flanks, Salah in the center, and Firmino as the team’s no.10, with Xherdan Shaqiri also capable of contributing.
If a new signing is desired, Klopp can look for a striker before relegating Firmino to the no.10 position, with a more traditional scorer filling the no.9 position.
A new no.10, on the other hand, might be bought to play alongside three of Firmino, Mane, Jota, and Salah, with Klopp likely to benefit. The summary comes to a close.