Jurgen Klopp has quickly managed to stamp his mark on Liverpool with his high pressing and quick counter attacking style of play this season. One player who has been at the center of Liverpool’s revival is Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian is the most loved player at the Anfield right now which is largely down to Coutinho’s creative playing style. However, Coutinho’s role under Klopp is still not certain, or shall we say he is not being used to his full potential.
Klopp likes to operate with a 4-3-3 formation which somewhat restricts Coutinho’s impact on the games. Playing in the midfield trio alongside Jordan Henderson and James Milner, Coutinho ends up being more of a support player to the likes of Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.
Coutinho’s position in a 4-3-3 system
This is how Coutinho is currently being used for Liverpool, which does not allow him to join the attacks as often as he would like to. However with Coutinho operating in the midfield, Liverpool can dominate possession and look to unlock opposing defenses with smart interplay.
Having said that, Coutinho’s abilities are somewhat wasted if he is not used from more advanced and dangerous positions. He is one of Premier League’s finest play makers right now and has an exceptional eye to find defense-breaking passes.
Considering Coutinho’s obvious ability on the ball, Klopp might want to switch to modern game’s most used 4-2-3-1 formation next season which would allow Coutinho to operate from the coveted number 10 role and dictate the play for his team.
Coutinho’s position in a 4-2-3-1 system
Apart from his passes and assists, Coutinho also has a viscous shot in him which we witnessed last weekend against Southampton and on many previous incidences. Playing closer to the goal will allow The Brazilian to be more involved in the game and have more chances of Liverpool coming out victorious.
Jurgen Klopp will have some re-thinking to do ahead of the next season where he is expected to bring couple of players of his liking. How will those new additions fit in with the current Liverpool squad, will be intriguing.
However, regardless of who Klopp brings to Anfield next season, he must build his Liverpool team around Philippe Coutinho and give him all the freedom to go and win as many matches as possible for the club.
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