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Клопп: "Кейта стоил того, чтобы подождать"

Premiership.ru - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 12:00
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Наби Кейта Главный тренер "Ливерпуля" Юрген Клопп ничуть не жалеет, что перехода полузащитника Наби Кейта ему пришлось ждать целый год.

Покупку Кейта "красные" согласовали с немецким "РБ Лейпциг" еще летом 2017 года "Ливерпулю" гвинеец присоединился только перед началом этого сезона.

Несмотря на то, что Наби провел за мерсисайдцев всего один официальный матч, Клопп уже восхищается качествами 23-летнего игрока. По словам Юргена, такого футболиста стоило подождать.

"Мы понятия не имели, насколько именно он хорош. Пока тяжело судить о его карьере, но он научился быстро адаптироваться к новым реалиям и клубам. Он привыкает к новым требованиям и выходит на все более высокий уровень".

"Когда мы договаривались о его покупке, мы понимали, что он стоит того, чтобы подождать. Обычно таких игроков на рынке нет. Все остальные тоже знали, что из себя представляет Наби, поэтому нам повезло так быстро провернуть сделку", - сообщил Клопп The Telegraph.

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Naby Keita's season of struggle and why he can succeed at Liverpool

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 03:00
New midfielder was made to wait for Reds - and he didn't find it easy
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How Liverpool should line up at Crystal Palace - time for Fabinho to come in?

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The key reason why Liverpool are extremely excited about latest Academy recruit Ki-Jana Hoever

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 03:00

 Liverpool fended off competition from a host of top European clubs, including Chelsea, and Manchester United to land young defender Hoever

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Naby Keita's season of struggle and why he can succeed at Liverpool

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 03:00
New midfielder was made to wait for Reds - and he didn't find it easy
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How Liverpool should line up at Crystal Palace - time for Fabinho to come in?

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 03:00

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The key reason why Liverpool are extremely excited about latest Academy recruit Ki-Jana Hoever

LiverpoolEcho.co.uk - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 03:00

 Liverpool fended off competition from a host of top European clubs, including Chelsea, and Manchester United to land young defender Hoever

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Crystal Palace v Liverpool Preview - Maintaining MomentumJoe Gomez and the Need for PatienceKey...

PremierLeague.com - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 02:01
The Details

Venue – Selhurst Park, London

Referee – Michael Oliver

Date & Time – Monday, August 20th @ 20:00

Current Odds – Crystal Palace 6/1, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 2/5

Form Crystal Palace Form

A quick look at the form stats below shows that Crystal Palace are the form team in the Premier League when taking the run-in at the end of last season into consideration. Roy Hodson’s team got off to a great start in their mini-London derby with Fulham at Craven Cottage last Saturday. Wilfried Zaha was on the scoresheet and today we had the news that the skilful attacker has signed a new contract extension with The Eagles. Life is pretty good for Crystal Palace fans at the moment and they will be dreaming of a top-half finish this season to improve on last season’s already-impressive 11th position.

Liverpool Form

Liverpool once again made their Premier League opponents sit up and take notice with a fantastic opening-weekend victory over West Ham at Anfield last Sunday. There has been a bit of a media frenzy about The Reds in the days since then and Jurgen Klopp must get his team to focus on maintaining their form and not letting the attention get to their heads. If Liverpool perform like the current squad is capable of for the rest of the season then we’re in for a hell of a journey. The season and the team’s exploits at home and in Europe will bring pressure, however. Dealing with that must be top of the agenda for Klopp and his team. It’s vital not to let Manchester City get ahead early on like they did last season. Three points at Selhurst Park would be a fantastic statement from Liverpool.

Team News Crystal Palace Team News

Significant Incomings: Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew (loan)

Significant Outgoings: Yohan Cabaye

Scott Dann and Conor Wickham are both out due to injury while new signing, Max Meyer, is also a doubt but will face a late fitness test in his race to be fit. Early-season team predictions are tough so I’ve played it safe and said that Hodgson will stick with the eleven that served him so well at Fulham last Saturday.

The benefits of having Jeffrey Schlupp on the left of midfield is that he will be no stranger to defensive duties and he will be able to help Patrick van Aanholt out at the back who is up against Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool Team News

Injuries have ruled out Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss out on the bulk of the season so it will be next summer before we see The Ox in a red jersey again.

I’ve gone for the same eleven again for The Reds as there were no glaring problems with the team that won convincingly against West Ham. Maybe Jordan Henderson might get the nod ahead of Gini Wijnaldum at the base of the midfield, or the club captain might even replace James Milner further up the park but the rest of the team should be the same. Fabinho should be prepared for a place on the bench again. I’d expect his first start to be Saturday week when Brighton visit Anfield.

Predicted XIs

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2) – Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic(c), McArthur, Schlupp; Benteke, Zaha

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner(c), Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mané

When they last met

Up until last August, Crystal Palace had a bit of a hex over The Reds when it came to their games at Anfield – winning three visits in a row. Liverpool, however, did beat The Eagles 1-0 at home last season and have actually won on their last four visits to Selhurst Park (2-1 three times and a 4-2 victory). Expect goals on Monday!

Prediction

Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Liverpool

Palace have been in great form and are by no means an easy three points for anyone, these days. Yet, I think this Liverpool team is on a mission and have hit the ground running. There were no early-season cobwebs on display at Anfield against West Ham and I think The Reds will have far too much firepower for Hodgson and co on Monday night. Back Liverpool -1 🙂

** Please note – “xGA” in the Form Stats tables symbolises “expected goals against” **

**All xG stats courtesy of Understat.com

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Crystal Palace v Liverpool Preview - Maintaining MomentumJoe Gomez and the Need for PatienceKey...

Anfield Index.com - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 02:01
The Details

Venue – Selhurst Park, London

Referee – Michael Oliver

Date & Time – Monday, August 20th @ 20:00

Current Odds – Crystal Palace 6/1, Draw 15/4, Liverpool 2/5

Form Crystal Palace Form

A quick look at the form stats below shows that Crystal Palace are the form team in the Premier League when taking the run-in at the end of last season into consideration. Roy Hodson’s team got off to a great start in their mini-London derby with Fulham at Craven Cottage last Saturday. Wilfried Zaha was on the scoresheet and today we had the news that the skilful attacker has signed a new contract extension with The Eagles. Life is pretty good for Crystal Palace fans at the moment and they will be dreaming of a top-half finish this season to improve on last season’s already-impressive 11th position.

Liverpool Form

Liverpool once again made their Premier League opponents sit up and take notice with a fantastic opening-weekend victory over West Ham at Anfield last Sunday. There has been a bit of a media frenzy about The Reds in the days since then and Jurgen Klopp must get his team to focus on maintaining their form and not letting the attention get to their heads. If Liverpool perform like the current squad is capable of for the rest of the season then we’re in for a hell of a journey. The season and the team’s exploits at home and in Europe will bring pressure, however. Dealing with that must be top of the agenda for Klopp and his team. It’s vital not to let Manchester City get ahead early on like they did last season. Three points at Selhurst Park would be a fantastic statement from Liverpool.

Team News Crystal Palace Team News

Significant Incomings: Max Meyer, Cheikhou Kouyate, Jordan Ayew (loan)

Significant Outgoings: Yohan Cabaye

Scott Dann and Conor Wickham are both out due to injury while new signing, Max Meyer, is also a doubt but will face a late fitness test in his race to be fit. Early-season team predictions are tough so I’ve played it safe and said that Hodgson will stick with the eleven that served him so well at Fulham last Saturday.

The benefits of having Jeffrey Schlupp on the left of midfield is that he will be no stranger to defensive duties and he will be able to help Patrick van Aanholt out at the back who is up against Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool Team News

Injuries have ruled out Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is expected to miss out on the bulk of the season so it will be next summer before we see The Ox in a red jersey again.

I’ve gone for the same eleven again for The Reds as there were no glaring problems with the team that won convincingly against West Ham. Maybe Jordan Henderson might get the nod ahead of Gini Wijnaldum at the base of the midfield, or the club captain might even replace James Milner further up the park but the rest of the team should be the same. Fabinho should be prepared for a place on the bench again. I’d expect his first start to be Saturday week when Brighton visit Anfield.

Predicted XIs

Crystal Palace XI (4-4-2) – Hennessey; Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; Townsend, Milivojevic(c), McArthur, Schlupp; Benteke, Zaha

Liverpool XI (4-3-3) – Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Milner(c), Keita; Salah, Firmino, Mané

When they last met

Up until last August, Crystal Palace had a bit of a hex over The Reds when it came to their games at Anfield – winning three visits in a row. Liverpool, however, did beat The Eagles 1-0 at home last season and have actually won on their last four visits to Selhurst Park (2-1 three times and a 4-2 victory). Expect goals on Monday!

Prediction

Crystal Palace 1 – 3 Liverpool

Palace have been in great form and are by no means an easy three points for anyone, these days. Yet, I think this Liverpool team is on a mission and have hit the ground running. There were no early-season cobwebs on display at Anfield against West Ham and I think The Reds will have far too much firepower for Hodgson and co on Monday night. Back Liverpool -1 🙂

** Please note – “xGA” in the Form Stats tables symbolises “expected goals against” **

**All xG stats courtesy of Understat.com

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits he has no idea how good Naby Keita can become

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 00:29
Reds manager has sent out an ominous warning over £52.75m midfielder
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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne injury highlights Jurgen Klopp's great Liverpool fear

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Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne injury highlights Jurgen Klopp's great Liverpool fear

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Liverpool’s excellent business continues with reported plans for Andy Robertson

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sun, 19/08/2018 - 00:02

Liverpool are reportedly planning talks with Andy Robertson over an improved contract, which would double the left-back’s current wage.


Robertson has established himself as a key figure on Merseyside since his £8 million move from Hull City last summer, taking a considerable step up.

Despite impressing at the KC Stadium, his move remained a calculated gamble for Liverpool, and after a slow start this has certainly paid off.

The 24-year-old is now one of the standout full-backs in the Premier League, and played a pivotal role in last season’s dramatic run to the Champions League final.

He was Jurgen Klopp‘s top assist-maker in pre-season, with four, and laid on Mohamed Salah‘s opener in the 4-0 victory over West Ham last weekend.

Now, his fine form is set to be rewarded, according to the Mirror, who claim he is in line for a new deal that would “see him pocket more than £60,000 a week.”

The Scot still has three years remaining on his existing terms, but the club are seemingly eager to tie him down for the long term to avoid a possible departure.

Liverpool are said to be “confident terms will be tied up quickly,” which would be another major boost after a summer that heralded some excellent business.

 Liverpool's Andy Robertson celebrates scoring the fourth goal, his first for the club, with team-mates Dejan Lovren and Trent Alexander-Arnold during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 4-0 and finished the season 4th. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The signings of Alisson, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri have significant bolstered Klopp’s squad, while both Mohamed Salah and Rhian Brewster have signed new contracts.

Roberto Firmino put pen to paper on an extended deal in April, and Sadio Mane is expected to do similar in the coming weeks.

After addressing the deficiencies in Klopp’s starting lineup ahead of 2018/19, the Reds would be sensible in securing the futures of those already key to their success.

Though £60,000 a week seems relatively low for a regular first-team player at Liverpool, with Salah, Firmino and Virgil van Dijk earning more than double that, it does reflect Robertson’s low profile.

If the Mirror are to be believed, this would be another brilliant move by the club.

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy hands Liverpool unexpected boost

icLiverpool.co.uk - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 22:23

 England international has been a pain in the backside for the Reds in recent years

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Чемпионат Англии. «Арсенал» уступил «Челси», «Тоттенхэм» победил «Фулхэм»

Sports.ru - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 21:24

Во 2-м туре АПЛ «Челси» дома справился с «Арсеналом» (3:2), «Манчестер Сити» сыграет с «Хаддерсфилдом», «Манчестер Юнайтед» встретится с «Брайтоном», а «Ливерпуль» – с «Кристал Пэлас».

Чемпионат Англии

2-й тур

Дата проведения
18 августа, 19.30, «Стэмфорд Бридж»
Голы:
1:0 – </b>9 Педро, 2:0 – 20 Мората, 2:1 – 37 Мхитарян, 2:2 – 41 Ивоби, 3:2 – 81 Алонсо.
ЧелсиАррисабалага, Давид Луиз, Аспиликуэта, Алонсо, Рюдигер, Педро, Виллиан (Азар, 61), Баркли (Ковачич, 60), Жоржиньо, Канте, Мората (Жиру, 75).
АрсеналЧех, Папастатопулос, Монреаль, Мустафи, Бельерин, Озил (Рэмзи, 68), Мхитарян, Джака (Торрейра, 46), Ивоби (Ляказетт, 75), Гендузи, Обамеянг.
Предупреждения:
Джака (27), Мустафи (77).
Дата проведения
18 августа, 14.30, «Кардифф Сити Стэдиум»
КардиффЭтеридж, Манга, Моррисон, Бамба, Беннетт, Роллс, Мерфи (Мендес-Лэйнг, 78), Камараса (Рид, 76), Артер, Хойлетт (Патерсон, 83), Зохоре.
НьюкаслДубравка, Манкильо (Хэйден, 46), Ласселс, Кларк, Дамметт, Ритчи (Мерфи, 70), Шелви, Диаме, Кенеди, Перес (Муто, 65), Хоселу.
Предупреждения:
Ритчи (3), Манкильо (30), Камараса (62), Артер (80), Моррисон (90).
Удаление:
Хэйден (66).
Дата проведения
18 августа, 17.00, «Гудисон Парк»
Голы:
1:0 – </b>15 Уолкотт, 2:0 – 31 Ришарлисон, 2:1 – 54 Ингз.
ЭвертонПикфорд, Коулмэн, Холгейт, Кин, Бейнс, Гуйе, Шнайдерлин (Дэвис, 24), Уолкотт, Сигурдссон, Ришарлисон (Ньяссе, 86), Тосун (Кэлверт-Льюин, 75).
СаутгемптонМаккарти, Соареш, Стивенс, Худт, Бертран, Уорд-Проуз (Армстронг, 84), Ромеу (Габбьядини, 72), Лемина, Редмонд, Ингз, Остин (Лонг, 58).
Предупреждения:
Худт (17), Лемина (19), Ромеу (36), Соареш (44), Стивенс (59).
Дата проведения
18 августа, 17.00, «Кинг Пауэр»
Голы:
1:0 – </b>29, автогол Доэрти, 2:0 – 45 Мэддисон.
ЛестерШмейхель, Рикарду Перейра, Эванс, Магуайр, Чилуэлл, Менди, Ндиди, Олбрайтон (Амарти, 60), Мэддисон (Ихеаначо, 82), Грэй (Адриен Силва, 82), Варди.
ВулверхэмптонРуй Патрисиу, Беннетт, Коуди, Боли, Доэрти (Гиббс-Уайт, 69), Моутинью, Рубен Невеш, Кастро, Элдер Кошта (Траоре, 46), Диогу Жота (Лео Бонатини, 46), Хименес.
Предупреждения:
Гиббс-Уайт (74), Эванс (78), Магуайр (90).
Удаление:
Варди (66).
Дата проведения
18 августа, 17.00, «Уэмбли»
Голы:
1:0 – </b>43 Лукас Моура, 1:1 – 52 Митрович, 2:1 – 74 Триппьер, 3:1 – 77 Кейн.
ТоттенхэмЛьорис, Алдервейрелд, Санчес (Дембеле, 63), Вертонген, Триппьер, Эриксен, Дайер (Ламела, 73), Дэвис, Лукас Моура, Алли, Кейн (Уинкс, 89).
ФулхэмФабри, Фосу-Менса, Чемберс, Ле Маршан, Брайен (Кристи, 85), Кэрни (Юхансен, 73), Замбо-Ангисса, Сери, Сессеньон, Митрович, Камара (Шюррле, 88).
Дата проведения
18 августа, 17.00, «Олимпийский стадион»
Голы:
1:0 – </b>33, пенальти Арнаутович, 1:1 – 60 Уилсон, 1:2 – 66 Кук.
Вест ХэмФабианьски, Сабалета, Бальбуэна, Огбонна, Масуаку, Снодграсс (Санчес, 77), Нобл (Перес, 77), Уилшер, Фелипе Андерсон, Арнаутович, Эрнандес (Ярмоленко, 67).
БорнмутБегович, Смит, Кук, Аке, Дэниэлс, Брукс (Фрэнсис, 78), Серман, Гослинг, Фрэйзер, Уилсон, Кинг (Кук, 90).
Предупреждения:
Гослинг (18), Нобл (40), Кинг (59), Огбонна (65), Уилшер (77), Фелипе Андерсон (89), Сабалета (90), Ярмоленко (90).

ПРИМЕЧАНИЕ: время начала матчей – московское.

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Flexible Fabinho a prime example of Liverpool’s evolving transfer strategy

ThisIsAnfield.com - Sat, 18/08/2018 - 21:00

Though he primarily fills a specialist role in the Liverpool squad, Fabinho‘s tactical flexibility will have been key to his £39 million move.


The Reds’ covert move for Fabinho, two days after their defeat in the Champions League final, was a major boost to supporters for one key factor.

Not since Javier Mascherano’s departure to Barcelona in 2010 had Liverpool been able to call upon a reliable, top-level defensive midfielder.

The years following El Jefecito’s exit saw Christian Poulsen, Jay Spearing, Lucas Leiva, an ageing Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson recycle duties in the role, to varying degrees of success.

For a club whose modern-era successes were built upon a solid backbone in the middle of the park—before Mascherano, it was Didi Hamann—this was a clear deficiency needing attention.

 Liverpool's Fabinho during a preseason friendly match between Chester FC and Liverpool FC at the Deva Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Fabinho‘s outstanding form for Monaco makes him, at just 24, one of world football’s standout talents in the deep-lying role, and arguably ensures the fee paid to sign him is already a bargain.

Throughout the majority of pre-season, Fabinho took up duties in his favoured position for Liverpool, but in the final friendly of the summer he made a shift that amplified his worth.

Taking over at centre-back after the break in the Reds’ 3-1 victory over Torino at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp‘s plans for the Brazilian unfolded further.

And with Ragnar Klavan leaving after the end of the English transfer window, the manager made a point to mention Fabinho among his options at the heart of defence for the campaign ahead.

“We have [Matip], Dejan [though he is] still injured, Nat Phillips and, if we need, Fabinho can play in the position as well,” he explained of his options beyond Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.

Klopp’s decision to sanction Klavan’s £2 million move to Cagliari was arguably as informed by his belief in the developing Phillips as it was Fabinho‘s versatility.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during a preseason friendly match between Tranmere Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Hours later, Liverpool’s new No. 3 was restored to the Brazil squad for the September international break—but this time, he was characterised as a full-back.

A natural defensive midfielder, well-versed in the role of right-back and considered a viable option at centre-back—plus a variety of other roles in midfield—the signing of Fabinho follows a telling trend in the Reds’ recruitment.

Like Naby Keita—who played both as a No. 8 and a left winger on his debut against West Ham last weekend—and Xherdan Shaqiri—who Klopp envisages playing out wide, in the No. 10 and the No. 8—Fabinho arrives to not only play a key role, but to provide Liverpool with genuine depth.

He is likely to operate predominantly as a No. 6, but if required he could cover for Trent Alexander-Arnold and Nathaniel Clyne at right-back.

He could replace Matip, Lovren or Van Dijk at centre-back; and he could feasibly even fulfil the knitting duties of Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner elsewhere in midfield.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' and manager J¸rgen Klopp during the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fabinho‘s arrival helps facilitate Gomez’s move into his natural role at the back, as well as liberating Henderson from the engine room, providing Klopp with another industrious option further forward.

“[Henderson] can still play as the eight or we could play some games with a double six, Fabinho could play the eight or whatever, that’s all possible,” the manager told the Liverpool Echo.

“If things were fixed with just one lineup and all the others were only needed when the rest are ill that would be the wrong way and we’d have no chance.”

The Sao Paulo native, like both Keita and Shaqiri, aids the manager in building a malleable, interchangeable squad.

 Liverpool's Stewart Downing celebrates scoring his first goal for the club, his side's fifth against Oldham Athletic with team-mate Andy Carroll during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gone are the days of signing a big No. 9 and specialist wingers to provide the crosses, with Henderson the only survivor from Kenny Dalglish’s back-to-basics reign, and himself in a role indistinguishable from his early beginnings at Anfield.

In fact, Klopp deliberately overlooked suggestions Liverpool needed another out-and-out No. 9 this summer, instead putting faith in Rhian Brewster, who is studying Roberto Firmino as his blueprint.

Bar Lovren, Van Dijk and perhaps Andy Robertson—with Klopp describing the Scot last August as a “specialist” left-back—every outfielder in the current squad can play at least one other position or role.

For example, Alexander-Arnold has found a home at right-back, but has turned out in midfield; Wijnaldum has played as a No. 6, No. 8, No. 10, out wide and even at centre-back.

This is far from a revolutionary approach, but it is essential to Liverpool’s DNA under Klopp.

 Liverpool's James Milner during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It is the reason behind James Milner‘s longevity and, at the other end of the scale, the prominent role both Curtis Jones (17) and Rafa Camacho (18) played throughout pre-season.

“We have enough players, now we have to see who fits which opponent best, then make the lineup,” the manager explained when assessing his centre-back options, with this applicable squad-wide.

While the Reds nominally line up in a 4-3-3, this can be interpreted as a number of different systems when looking down from the stands—3-4-1-2, 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2—while any of Firmino, Mo Salah or Sadio Mane could be seen as the centre-forward at any given time.

Klopp himself described Mane as a “very offensive midfield player,” such is the ambiguity of a player’s role within his tactically flexible unit.

 Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the pre-match warm-up before the preseason friendly match between Liverpool FC and Torino FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The same can be said of Klopp’s interchanging midfield, with Fabinho able to rotate roles with the likes of Keita and Wijnaldum, despite starting the game between the centre-backs.

He may take time to adjust, largely due to his ability—and the demand—to play a variety of roles.

But when he settles Fabinho can be expected to thrive, and give Liverpool another dimension.

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