Seven goals in just 10 games. Three clinical strikes to complete a ruthless Champions League hat-trick this week. “The best team of his career” is a flying start so far.
Diego Jota has already begun bargaining for Liverpool for 45 million.
And his presence against Manchester City this afternoon is almost certain.
Jurgen Klopp has dangerous players in fine form, guessing how he will be deployed with Paper Guardiola’s extra bonus.
Granted, there’s plenty of footage from his time with the Alliance Wolves that the City Boss can read.
But the Portuguese star’s sharp dynamics, finishing of composition and ability to add tactical fluidity mean he is still a dazzling package at his new club.
What are the options for releasing the shoe at Etihad Stadium in Klipp?
Here he can play it in three ways …
Switch to 4-2-3-1 and attack
The 4-2-3-1 formation for the recent win against Sheffield United again made the appearance interesting.
Liverpool got off to a brilliant start but dropped their move soon after the controversial fine that was paid after a controversial fine was dealt to Fabinho in the region.
But the Reds eventually found their rhythm again and grew up in the system.
Could this be a partial test run for use in City?
It offers a solution to bring Jota down to the pitch while connecting Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.
And given the injury problem in midfield, it could probably provide a neat answer in that section; Explicit double pivot pairing with Jordan Henderson and Guinea Wisnaldum.
The potential problem would be to bring too much control to Man City in the middle of the park.
However, if Firmino beats Rodri and is able to better handle his dilemma, Liverpool can improve and be in a better position to attack.
Stick to the Atlanta plan
A 5-0 win over Midwick would give Klopp enough to think about.
First, let him change the way the game was panned. Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson joined him and the shoe was brought in with most of the half hour remaining. These could be valuable bank minutes before City.
After all, shoe goals and overall performance simply cannot be avoided. He danced with ease, scoring from different positions and angles across the front line.
Salah, Mane and Jota were able to exchange one after the other and combine with destructive effects. They claimed five goals and three assists while taking a total of 11 shots – all of which were targeted.
Klopp must be tempted to see if his people can work their magic again.
A big issue if he is stuck at 4-3-3, who is the third midfielder? Henderson and Wijnaldum are both about to start. While Thiago, Fabinho and Alex are all missing the Oxlade-Chamberline, options have dwindled.
Curtis Jones has been praised late but it will be a bigger jump. James Milner has only made an alternate appearance in the Premier League so far this term. Nabi Keita has just moved away from a spell. Jerdan Shakiri thinks the situation has gone like a wildcard move
All capable but each reasonably presents an element of risk. Choosing wisely – and keeping the city busy and under pressure from the central regions – can be key factors in getting results.
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Heart City with late Jota
Jota came in last month to capture the winner against West Ham. He confirmed a win against Arsenal in September, winning 3-1 with an alternate strike.
Early signs indicate that he has mastered the art of reading a game from the side and can deliver quickly if identified.
This, of course, allows Firmino to remain in his trademark role at the center of Liverpool’s attacking trident.
After Jotta’s heroism against Atlanta, Klopp was determined to defend the Brazilians at midweek.
Boss says: “The world is sometimes a bad place, the moment someone shines we talk about another player who has played 500 games in a row.
“We wouldn’t have been in the Champions League without Bobby Firmino. He’ll be on the team, and to a lot of people around the world if you ask them ‘What makes Liverpool special?’ They used to say ‘the way Bobby Firmino is playing’.
“We need to have more than 11 for us.”
Firmino has done great against City more than once before. And he only came for the final half hour of the victory in Italy, he would run fresh and go to Etihad.
From that point of view, it may make sense to flip the role of Jota and Firmino after today and use the Portuguese from the bench.
The final call on how to line up presents an important headache for Klopp. But if the Reds boss gets it right, it could be even more deadly and painful for Guardiola.
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