How The LFC Starting Elevens Could Look After Our Latest Signing
As the excitement surrounding Liverpool’s possible purchase of Dominik Szoboszlai escalates, it is time to have a look at how the Reds best starting eleven could now look. With the potential purchase of the brilliant Hungarian ongoing, the first signing of our new Sporting Director, Jörg Schmadtke, could prove to be one of the most exciting pieces of business in recent years. With such a wonderfully balanced and fearsome attacking skillset, this is a player that could revolutionize how we set up our attacking patterns of play. His goal involvements and explosiveness will mesh beautifully with the controlling presence of Alexis Mac Allister, with their projected and combined cost still coming in at less than the underwhelming £105m England man, Declan Rice. The West Ham skipper is a good player who will become a solid player for Arsenal, yet in these two new (one is still potential, I know) additions thus far, we really are adding players that can elevate to the elite levels of football and perhaps further beyond.
With that, I would like to update and readdress the Reds’ best starting lineup, should the RB Leipzig midfielder arrive. This system is based upon a 3-4-3 formation, with Trent operating as the hybrid.
Strongest starting eleven (with Dominik Szoboszlai)
GK – 1 – Alisson Becker
RCB – 5 – Ibrahima Konaté
CB – 4 – Virgil van Dijk (c)
LCB – 3 – Andy Robertson
CDM – 2 – Fabinho
Hybrid – 66 – Trent Alexander Arnold
LCM – 10 – Alexis Mac Allister
RCM – 8 – Dominik Szoboszlai
LF – 7 – Luis Díaz
CF – 9 – Darwin Núñez / Cody Gakpo
RF – 11 – Mohamed Salah
⭕ Made it clear he wanted to play for Jurgen Klopp
⭕ Breakthrough came during Fabio Carvalho discussions
⭕ Newcastle left with little choice but to walk away.
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— Paul Gorst (@ptgorst) June 30, 2023
That starting eleven is two players away from becoming world-class. A left central defender is needed to replace Andy Robertson, whereas a new defensive midfielder is needed to upgrade on Fabinho. A secondary lineup can be seen below, to show how the group is shaping up. Making Thiago Alcântara a backup to anyone, just shows how highly I rate both Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai. The 3-4-3 box formation is still apparent here.
GK – 62 – Caoimhin Kelleher
RCB – 2 – Joe Gomez –
CB – 32 – Joël Matip
LCB – 21 – Kostas Tsimikas
CDM – 43 – Jordan Henderson (c)
Hybrid – 43 – Stefan Bajčetić
LCM – 6 – Thiago Alcântara
RCM – 17 – Curtis Jones
LF – 20 – Diogo Jota
CF – 18 – Cody Gakpo
RF – 19 – Harvey Elliott
As you can see, it still represents a more than reasonable backup group, with the likes of Thiago, Jones, Bajčetić, Jota, and Cody Gakpo being real contenders to push the first-team elite. The former Barca midfielder is someone that must be managed and utilized for huge games where control in crucial. When we do upgrade upon Fabinho and Andy Robertson, they would then increase the depth to the squad.
This is clearly a work in progress, yet it is still an exciting glimpse at what could eventually be. I imagine a rejuvenated German manager is itching to get his hands on a newly energized squad, with the aim of getting us back to where we belong. Hopefully, by the time this article hits the website, we are a Hungarian superstar better off this pipe dream of brilliance may start to become a marvelous footballing reality.