4-2-3-1… The formation to get Liverpool back into the top four next season

Since joining Liverpool towards the end of 2015, Jurgen Klopp has had to endure a squad that was not of his choosing, with a number of players clearly not fitting his style of play.

This summer represents Klopp’s first opportunity to look at his playing squad and really place his mark upon it.

In doing so, it seems likely that Liverpool will see a number of outgoings and incoming transfers this summer, with Klopp’s goal to reach the upper echelons of English football once again, with a Champion’s League spot in sight.

A few minor changes in the Liverpool first team could really work wonders this season, and propel them back up the table where they belong.

Loris Karius

Whilst a number of Liverpool fans would no doubt like to see the back of Simon Mignolet this summer; it seems very unlikely.

They may indeed get their wish, to an extent, with Loris Karius in, with the German looking likely to be the No.1 heading into the season after the Reds fought off competition to sign him from Mainz.

Defence – Nathaniel Clyne, Mamadou Sakho, Joel Matip and Jonas Hector

Sakho

A lot of change in the Liverpool defence, with two new additions joining the familiar Nathaniel Clyne and Mamadou Sakho.

Clyne was the stand-out Liverpool defender last year, really cementing his place on the right hand side of that backline.

Similarly, Sakho performed excellently throughout the year, and with his doping ban clear (for now) he is the best option.

Martin Skrtel looks set to leave and will likely be replaced by recent signing Joel Matip. The towering 24-year-old will be a wall in that Liverpool defence.

Alberto Moreno drew the brunt of media criticism last year and with good reason. A number of mistakes really cost a Liverpool side that looked otherwise impressive on a number of occasions. Jonas Hector would be an excellent replacement and is available for a low fee whilst possessing excellent ability going forward and in defence.

With Liverpool reportedly interested in the defender, this dream defence could form by the start of the Premier League season.

Defensive Midfield – Emre Can and Jordan Henderson

emre can

Familiarity returns in the Liverpool pivot, with both Emre Can and Jordan Henderson in the Liverpool first-team.

Emre Can is an obvious one, given the faith that Jurgen Klopp has shown in the young German since his arrival. His technical ability alongside his versatility have shown just how much of a useful asset he can be in any side.

Jordan Henderson struggled towards the tail end of the year with injuries, and resultantly his place in the Liverpool side has been unfairly questioned in recent weeks. On his day he is one of England’s best midfielders, and as the club captain he should be inserted right back into the first-team fold provided that he is 100% fit.

Attacking Midfield – Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane

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A mix of new and old talent in a technically gifted attacking trio.

Roberto Firmino really found his form in the second half of last season, and with a whole year in England now under his belt; he should look to kick on and cement his place in the side next year. Whilst he has been pushed out wide, this will allow him to cut in and shoot from distance; a quality that he proved he had in droves last year.

Coutinho will of course spear head the Liverpool midfield; everyone knows what he can do. Technically gifted with an eye for an assist and a goal; he has been Liverpool’s stand-out player in the last few years.

New £30m+ signing Sadio Mane finds himself in his familiar wide position, allowing him to cut in on defenders in much the same vein as Roberto Firmino. Having come from a Premier League side he will likely not need any transitional period as he gets used to the league; and for such a huge fee we expect him to go straight into that side.

Striker – Daniel Sturridge

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Whilst not a new signing, a Daniel Sturridge return would be a welcome addition to this Liverpool side.

Alongside Luis Suarez several years ago he proved that he was an unstoppable attacker; but has since largely suffered with injuries.

Since then, when he has played in the occasional game he has proven his quality and popped up with goals, highlighting how important he can be to this Liverpool side.

With a European Championship campaign behind him, if he can get through Liverpool’s pre-season and prove his fitness to Jurgen Klopp he will no doubt get back in the first-team, and could win Liverpool points on his own next season.