Manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he is on the lookout for wingers in the summer transfer window to give Liverpool the option to change system, reports the Daily Star.
Klopp has largely used a 4-3-3 formation since his appointment in October, with the two wide forwards being encouraged to drift inside and create room for the full-backs.
That is a tactic that the German used previously at Borussia Dortmund, but it as much enforced upon him at Anfield because of the lack of recognised wingers in the squad.
Klopp has said that there is plenty of potential in this department – Jordon Ibe, Sheyi Ojo and Lazar Markovic – on loan at Fenerbahce – are names that spring to mind.
But the Reds boss has suggested that he would like to add some more established wingers to complement a group of strikers that has been bolstered by Roberto Firmino.
“We have enough strikers – five with Roberto – but not too many wingers, just a few young ones with great potential,” Klopp is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
“We have to decide early and at the right moment on transfers, but it is about a squad where you can play different systems and react to different situations.”
Although we have a five-strong striking unit, our top Premier League goalscorer this season is Christian Benteke, with a disappointing tally of six in 22 games – 12 starts.
Playing with natural wingers in a different system could provide Benteke, in particular, with the crosses from which he could thrive and improve his scoring return.
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