4-3-3 against Barcelona?

Liverpool are taking on Barcelona in a blockbuster friendly on Saturday at Wembley Stadium, and we predict the lineup could be very similar to the one that will take the field against Arsenal in our Premier League opener one week later…

For this reason, we think Jurgen Klopp could deploy a 4-3-3 with more bodies centrally – which would be sensible away to the Gunners on August 14.

 We played this way away to Chelsea and Manchester City last term and it bore great results, and think it could be a smart way to begin this campaign.

This means, if we’re right, that one of the playmakers will have to sit out…

With Loris Karius injured, Simon Mignolet is a certainty to begin in goal. Nathaniel Clyne obviously plays right-back, and we think Alberto Moreno will start over James Milner at left-back despite some pre-season experimentation. Due to injuries, Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren will continue to develop their relationship at the heart of defence – and have perhaps the hardest task in football in stopping Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

In a 4-3-3, Can naturally holds at the base, enabling both summer transfer Gini Wijnaldum and captain Jordan Henderson a spot either side. The skipper is best when given licence to bomb forward and back, while the role should also suit our Dutch signing.

This means Milner on the bench alongside Marko Grujic.

The front-three was more difficult to predict, and we’ve actually suggested Roberto Firmino will make way for the extra body centrally – despite the Brazilian impressing in pre-season. This means Coutinho on the left, the pace of Sadio Mane on the right and Daniel Sturridge leading the line.

Although in truth, either Firmino or Divock Origi could play Sturridge’s central role. It depends on Klopp’s preference.

Of course, if he goes with 4-2-3-1, one of Henderson or Wijnaldum will make way and Firmino will play no.10.

The likes of Adam Lallana and Sheyi Ojo are likely to provide further options from the bench.

Thoughts, Reds…?

Source: Predicted Liverpool XI v Barcelona: Klopp to use 4-3-3 & drop playmaker

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8 thoughts on “4-3-3 against Barcelona?”

  1. When is Matip fit?? I thought it was only a minor injury. I don’t want to start the season with klavan.

  2. Klavan,Moreno and mignolet against messi and Suarez? It’s going to be a long day at the office!!!

  3. I would like to see us attack Barca and put them under pressure with a 4 2 3 1, however don’t be surprised to see Origi start ahead of Sturridge to add speed and physical presence. It will be interesting to see who plays.

  4. I always think Barca are vulnerable to two pacey strikers but hardly any one ever plays like that against them in La Liga. I’d like to see us play Origi, Sturridge and Mane with either Coutinho or Firminho in behind ( not both as they quite often give the ball away and you can’t do that against Barca ) I’d try Henderson and Can in front of the back four and go for them, swap Henderson/Can for Wijnaldum in 2nd half not saying we’d win but I think there would be quite a few goals and it would be an interesting experiment !!

  5. My pick:

    Migs
    Clyne klavan lovren moreno
    Can
    Bobby couts
    Mane studge wijnaldum

    Just felt long term, couts and bobby can do form an awesome partnership!

  6. will be a good test for MF & Defence with Messi & Suarez in fine form against Leicester!! good run for the Ars game

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