How Liverpool could line up versus Chelsea after three more transfers completed for Jürgen Klopp

With Jürgen Klopp beginning the most significant reconstruction in years, Liverpool’s team might look significantly different starting with the season opener vs. Chelsea.

Liverpool will absolutely need to make two changes from its most recent competitive game when it faces Chelsea in the opening game of the new season. James Milner and Roberto Firmino both left the club after the 2022–23 season ended against Southampton.

Naturally, Jürgen Klopp’s decision to choose them was motivated by emotion given that Liverpool had already missed the top four at that point. Although they combined for 56 appearances and 20 league starts despite neither being a regular starter last season, their contributions will be missed.

But when it comes to anticipated changes to Klopp’s team, Firmino and Milner’s departure is not really the main story. Naby Keta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain both left Liverpool after their contracts expired. The club’s remaining members will face intense new competition, with the midfield in particular expected to undergo substantial surgery.

 

With the purchase of Alexis Mac Allister, that process has already started. He was acquired for a fairly low transfer cost by using a release clause in his Brighton contract, but it is anticipated that he will be the focal point of Liverpool’s rebuild and will most likely start in the middle of the field against Chelsea.

The positions of Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Jordan Henderson, the group that completed the previous season as the ‘first choice’ midfield, are theoretically under threat from Mac Allister, who is mostly a number eight but can also play deeper. However, it would be unexpected if he replaced the Brazilian because most people believe that Liverpool’s strategy calls for a specialist in that position.

 

It’s interesting to note that almost all of Liverpool’s targets for the midfield play slightly more advanced positions, which tends to imply that Fabinho will be given the chance to build on the minor revival he displayed toward the end of last season. Unless something unexpected occurs, like Real Madrid indicating that Aurélien Tchouaméni is available, it appears probable that Klopp’s number three will continue to start against Chelsea.

That makes up two thirds of the midfield, but one position is still open. If Thiago gains enough fitness during the preseason, he will believe he has a solid case, even though Jones should lose based on the form books. But it may equally well go to a new signing; at the moment, Khéphren Thuram is the one being mentioned most frequently.

 

He is currently competing for France at the U21 Euros and is anticipated to do well. Strangely, practically every apparent target for Liverpool is present, including Manu Koné, Gabri Veiga, and Ryan Gravenberch. If Klopp does sign Thuram and one of the other players suggested, with the Bayern Munich player being the top choice, They will both have a preseason that is considerably cut short, according to Neil Jones.

That makes it fairly likely that Klopp will start against Chelsea with two current players. The Liverpool manager may feel that experience in his system because he is prone to giving new hires a healthy adjustment period in any case.

The choice between Thiago or Henderson for the position next to Mac Allister comes back into focus because Jones and Harvey Elliott are also away at the Euros. That specific match favors the Spaniard, though Klopp will undoubtedly take into account what he observes throughout preseason as well.

After the midfield has been organized, focus shifts to the defense, where a new player may well be added before the transfer window closes.

Young players are typically content to start out lower on the pecking order, so it’s hoped that someone like Micky van de Ven is willing to take on the challenge of breaking into Klopp’s plans. However, he won’t start the match against Chelsea.

The defense will therefore have a familiar appearance, with Trent Alexander-Arnold probably continuing his hybrid position to support Fabinho.

There are five great players to narrow down into a three-pronged attack, which presents Klopp with a significant challenge despite the absence of any expected new options in attack. Although it appears likely that preseason performances will play a significant role in this situation, Darwin Nez, who will be accompanied by Mohamed Salah and Luis Dáz, is optimistic that he can push his way in.

 

 

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