Liverpool defender Virgil Van Dijk is out for at least 7-8 months after a knock against Everton on Saturday. He may out of the remainder of the season as he has undergone knee surgery.
It will surely a great loss for the current Premier League champions. It will be a tough test for Klopp and his team to maintain their superiority without their main man in the backline.
How can Klopp deal with this situation?
- Changing the formation:
Liverpool tends to play in a 4-3-3 formation with Roberto Firmino playing as a False 9. Midfielders also tend to get into the box while attacking.
Liverpool can use a 4-2-3-1 formation with a double pivot in the midfield to cover their defence in front.
- Changing their playing style:
Liverpool always push their wing back to attack. Without Van Dijk that can be a risk.
- Fabinho as a Centre Back:
Fabinho is one of the most trusted members of Klopp’s team. His defending ability, game reading, and attributes give Liverpool a big boost in the field.
Fabinho can replace Van Dijk in the backline for the rest of the season. He has played as a centre back as well this season in a league game and displayed a great performance. He can be a perfect replacement for the Reds in the back.
- Trust your reserve:
Klopp always keeps his faith in every player of his team. Van Dijk’s absence will surely an issue for Liverpool. But Klopp is ready to keep faith on his reserves and will try to sort out the defensive problems as soon as possible.
Liverpool will start their Champions League campaign tomorrow against Ajax. We will get to know how will Klopp settles down without his main man.
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