The Chalkboard: Jurgen Klopp must start Firmino and Sturridge together vs Fulham

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was rightly fuming with his side’s 2-0 loss to Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League, and the German must now make changes for the visit of Fulham on Sunday.

Liverpool’s lacklustre attack

One of the most disappointing aspects of the Reds’ season so far has been their lack of a cutting edge up front, especially considering the free-scoring form that the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane were in last year.

Apart from on the rare occasion, such as the 4-0 home win over Red Star, those three have struggled at the start of this campaign and that is where Klopp should make tactical and personnel changes for the Fulham clash.

Considering the opposition, Klopp should consider starting both Firmino and Daniel Sturridge in a front two, with Salah and Mane on either wing in a more traditional 4-4-2 formation, meaning a midfielder drops to the bench.

Fulham’s dire defending

This would take things back to basics for the Reds and should mean they have more than enough attacking quality on the pitch to dispatch the Cottagers as, Red Star apart, 29-year-old Sturridge has had somewhat of a resurgence so far this year.

In 11 Premier League games, Fulham have shipped a quite incredible 29 goals as Slavisa Jokanovic consistently changes his struggling back four.

The West London side spent around £100m in the summer transfer window but in truth the Reds should be looking to fill their boots in this game if they are to be considered serious challengers to Manchester City for the title.

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