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Why Klopp must deploy 4-4-2 as permanent formation

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Liverpool manager is known for his 4-3-2-1 formation since the start of the season but it hasn’t been effective enough.

Last season’s top striker Mohammed Salah hasn’t been wonderful in a 4-3-2-1 formation as he seems uncomfortable being the only striker upfront.

The Egyptian is a great player who can score goals aplenty but he must be seen in a position where he can easily get the goals.

Firmino, who is gradually getting his mojo back, will surely benefit from a change in formation as he would be made to partner the former Chelsea forward.

The Brazilian hasn’t hit the ground running so far this season, though, he showed great commitment towards seeing himself return to his best form in Wednesday’s clash with Burnley.

He scored a brilliant goal with his first touch but it’s obvious he could do better as the season progresses.

Partnering Salah upfront offers him a better chance of getting goals in subsequent games as the Egyptian will make many assists for him to score.

Mane could equally be deployed as Salah’s partner. The Senegalese star is a wonderful player with the ball at his feet. His eye for goal is another trait which makes him a perfect man to be at the front alongside Salah.

Both players have great understanding and that is a plus to the manager and indeed, the team at large.

Though he can be selfish sometimes, Mane will surely make many assists for his African brother while Salah will also return the favour as we’ve seen in recent months.

In 4-4-2 formation, there will be a good number of midfielders at the middle and that’s going to prevent opponents from getting the chance to penetrate the back.

An in-form Naby Keita should be pushed to the attacking midfield position so as to create many goalscoring chances just like he did against Burnley in the week.

The Guinean can equally add more shield to the back four as he’s often seen throughout their 3-1 comeback win against the Clarets.
A 4-4-2 also gives Klopp the opportunity to squeeze in Xherdan Shaqiri who has been nothing but brilliant since last month.

The former Stoke City star was made to work hard before gaining Klopp’s trust. He started most of Liverpool’s Premier League games in November and was awesome.

However, Keita’s display against Burnley might be very dangerous to the Swiss’ game-time at the middle of the park. Klopp’s might want to give the former RB Leipzig star a benefit of doubt by starting him once again when they face Bournemouth later today.

A 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 formation will see both players on the pitch from the start, except if Klopp decides to do otherwise.

For Liverpool to enjoy a high goalscoring season, Klopp might need to change his tactical approach by starting two strikers upfront

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Chelsea Receive Huge Boost In Striker Pursuit

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Premier League giants Chelsea have been handed a big boost in their pursuit of AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain.

Italian news portal Football Italia claim that the Blues have a free run to sign the Argentine international star after seven-time European champions AC Milan opted against the idea of making his loan deal permanent next summer.

He started his AC Milan career with six goals in his first seven games for the San Siro giants only for his form to nosedive.

Gonzalo Higuain has fallen out of favour with head coach Gennaro Gattuso after he found the back of the net just once in the last nine games.

The former Real Madrid star is on a season-long loan deal at AC Milan from parent club Juventus.

Milan paid £16m for the loan deal with the option of making it permanent for £32m but they have decided to exercise it thus paving the way for Chelsea.

The Blues were linked with a move for him in the summer when Maurizio Sari was appointed the new Chelsea manager.

Higuain enjoyed a good working relationship under Sarri during their one season together.

He scored 36 Serie A goals in 35 matches during the 2015/16 season.

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Desperate Sarri wants this £70m-rated youngster at Stamford Bridge in January

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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has reportedly shown his desire to work with USA prodigy Christian Pulisic before the end of the current campaign and he’s told his employers to launch a move for his signature.

The youngster has failed to nail down a permanent spot in the team this season and he is now seeking a move to Premier League.

Interestingly, Maurizio Sarri is impressed with the youngster’s quality, he now wants him to feature in his team as Morata’s replacement.

The 20-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Wesftaladion, no thanks to a blistering form of England’s sensation Jadon Sancho. However, his current lack of game time won’t have any negative impact on how Sarri values him.

But shouldn’t that be a cause of worry for Sarri? It is believed that a player, especially young one, gets better as long as long as he plays frequently.

Pulisic hasn’t started any Bundesliga match since September and that’s certainly going to have a negative impact on his confidence level and his overall performance whether Sarri like it or not.

No game-time, no problem!

Sarri isn’t perturbed with the player’s lack of first-team action as he is convinced of his qualities and his ability to score goals.

Sarri could be right anyway, the youngster was lively against Monaco in midweek Champions League encounter.

He was given a rare start by Lucien Favre and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Pulisic crowned his brilliant display with two assists as he assisted two of Raphael Guerreiro’s goals.

His magical performance during the night was a confirmation that nothing has changed with quality and Chelsea are making the right decision to chase after his signature.

The good news, however, is that Liverpool are no longer interested in his services. The Reds were initially in the race to capture his signature during the summer transfer window but the BVB were unwilling to let go of their star player for a little price tag.

With Shaqiri’s wonderful display since his switch to the Anfield outfits, Jurgen Klopp has withdrawn from his ambition to reunite with the youngster he tutored during his days with the Die Borussen.

Nonetheless, the Blues still need to slug it out with Paris St-German for Pulisic’s services. The French Ligue 1 gaints are more than willing to spend big on the youngster as Thomas Tuchel is still not satisfied with his attacking prowess.

Despite possessing Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria, Cavani at the final third of the pitch, the PSG manager is still keen on adding the youngster into his team in January.

It remains unknown if Chelsea are willing to meet Dortmund’s asking price of £70 million on the youngster’s signature.

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Perfect match! This youngster is the best man to replace Danny Welbeck

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Arsenal manager Unai Emery is reportedly in search of Danny Welbeck’s replacement as the England international won’t be in action for the rest of the campaign as a result of the injury.

The Spanish manager has been linked with some top players and reporters are claiming the former Sevilla boss is more than willing to spend big in the upcoming transfer market.

Welbeck’s replacement is right at Emery’s fingertips!

Taking a second look at Arsenal’s 1-0 victory over Qarabag on Thursday, there, was a surprise name in Emery’s starting XI — Bukayo Saka.

Bukayo Saka, 17, is one of the breakthrough stars from the Hale End Academy since Emery took over the helm of affairs at Emirates stadium.

The youngster first got his chance with the first-team squad three weeks ago in a Europa League game against Vorskla.

Saka didn’t just make the substitute bench, he made his first-team debut when he was brought into play by Emery in the later part of the encounter.

Having qualified to the next round of the competition alongside the fact that Premier League is getting tougher and busier, Emery rested most of his key players while he gave academy opportunity to make name for themselves.

Bukayo Saka, who has been awesome with the club’s U23 side, made his full debut as he started from the left wing of attack.

Saka’s magical display at the flank was nothing but a confirmation of his readiness to serve as Welbeck’s replacement for the rest of the season.

His dribbling ability, directness, eye for goals, long-range shots and above all his abilities to retain the ball from opponents makes him an upgrade to his compatriot.

The youngster completed eight dribbles more than anyone on the pitch. He had three shots on target. He wasn’t dispossessed by opponents throughout the clash — an impressive stat you can’t get from Danny Welbeck.

Though Saka look a bit young to break into Emery’s first eleven, it won’t be out of place if the former PSG manager gives the youngster some minutes in the Premier League and see how he performed.

Bukayo Saka, a naturally left-footed player and a pacy winger, has come at the right time. It’s left to Unai Emery to do the needful by integrating him into his first-team.

In Saka, there is a great player and a deadly winger. There’s no need spending on any striker in the upcoming transfer period.

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Arsenal to finally push for sale of highly rated star

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Emerging reports allege that the North London side Arsenal have already concluded to let under-performing German international Mesut Ozil leave the Emirates Stadium as soon as any serious offer arises.

With the winter transfer window set to reopen in the coming weeks, the reports mean that the former Real Madrid could part ways with the Gunners team as he is already being linked to a number of clubs.

The reason for the Gunners resolve to have him sold is not different from the obvious reason of poor performance which seems to be giving manager Unai Emery some concerns.

Mesut Ozil remains one of the highest players in the club with about £350,000-a-week offer but suggestions are that he has not paid his money with his performance and needs to step out.

Speculations are that he now has a sour relationship with manager Unai Emery after he was left out of the big clashes against Tottenham and Manchester United with insinuations that he cannot be trusted.

However, the 30-year-old has been linked with a move to the Italian Serie A outfit Inter Milan and that could be his destination with the club reported to be preparing a bid ahead of the winter window.

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Arsenal in touch to sign with highly rated youngster

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North London side Arsenal are reportedly in touch with RB Salzburg young attacking midfielder Hannes Wolf in a bid to secure his services in January when the winter transfer window reopens.

Reports according to Daily Mirror, the Gunners will have to battle their North London rivals Tottenham as well as other English Premier League sides like Southampton and Everton for the signature of the 19-year-old.

Hannes Wolf has been impressive for his side which makes pundits compare him with Christian Eriksen because of the quality of his play and similarities with the Tottenham star.

The young lad was a major part of the Salzburg team that delivered the UEFA Youth League to the club in 2017 as he netted a total of seven goals in all the games.

The UEFA Youth League success handed him the ticket of playing with the senior team and that has also been a success with his impressive performance last season.

With the 45 games under his belt, he had scored 12 goals and seven assists with his side that won the Australian top flight last season.

There is no doubt that Hannes Wolf will be a good addition to the Unai Emery team and could be the replacement for departing Aaron Ramsey.

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