Who will play as a central defender with Joel Matip?

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Who will play as a central defender with Joel Matip?

Jurgen Klopp has not had more serious complications with the players since he took over Liverpool. Virgil Van Dijk's serious injury was followed by this Joe Gomez, who was injured in the training of the national team for the preparation of the match with the Republic of Ireland, so the German will be deprived of two important defensive players practically until the end of the season.

The Reds have 11 games ahead of them by the end of the year and the winter transfer window, which means that Klopp will have serious difficulties in assembling the team in a period that can significantly direct the events in the current season.

At the moment, only Joel Matip is more experienced solution in the position of Liverpool's defender, while the more insecure options are players like Rhys Williams (19) and Nathaniel Phillips (23). He was the first to play only in the Champions League this season, he replaced the injured Fabinho against Midtjylland and played in tandem with Gomez for an hour, and then he played all 90 minutes against Atalanta in the same tandem.

Phillips, on the other hand, only played a match against West Ham in the Premier League, when he also played 90 minutes in tandem with Gomez. It should be borne in mind that Matip was the starter in only three games in the last 13 months.

His long-term partnership with Gomez as a defender was supposed to start against Manchester City, but unfortunately it lasted only one match.


An additional problem is that Fabinho is injured at this moment, but the Brazilian should return to the field after the national team break, after which Klopp's job will be somewhat easier when assembling the team.

Fabinho has shown on several occasions that he can be a solution in the last line of the team, but that move leaves with him a gap in the midfield and an additional problem, considering that Oxlade Chamberlain was also injured.

The match with Manchester City could be a kind of guide for Jurgen Klopp in the coming period. The German played in a 4-2-3-1 formation, which turned into 4-2-4 when attacking, or 4-4-2 when the team was defending and was out of possession.

The two defensive midfielders were Jordan Henderson and Giorgino Wijnaldum, which could become a constant in the coming period. They would bring additional security to the last line of the team and allow the defenders to continue constantly attacking the opponent.

Relief in the complete team will follow when Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara return to the team, and of course Oxlade Chamberlain. Liverpool also played in this system in the game with Sheffield United (2: 1), when the places of defensive midfielders were also covered by Wijnaldum and Henderson, and Fabinho played in the last line with Joe Gomez.

In any case, it seems that giving up the 4-3-3 formation, which brought the greatest results in the recent history of Liverpool, is more than certain, so it remains to be seen what the Reds will look like in the new, forced system of the game.