Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup provided the ideal answer to the problem of replacing Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool officially won tickets to the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 2-0 victory over Arsenal. Jakub Kiwior’s own goal and Luis Diaz’s goal helped The Kop triumph. A meaningful victory for Jurgen Klopp’s team against opponents in the Big Six group.
Many question marks were raised for the Anfield team before the match. Finding a replacement for Mohamed Salah has become a headache for Jurgen Klopp. The Egyptian striker may miss Liverpool’s 7 upcoming matches because he is busy attending the CAN Cup.
Who will be able to fill the void left by Salah? Liverpool’s starting lineup against Arsenal shows Klopp’s intentions. The German strategist arranged Harvey Elliott to play on the right wing, filling the position left by Salah.
In reality, Liverpool‘s plan did not work smoothly. The Kop attacked sporadically throughout the first 45 minutes. Faced with that situation, Klopp and the coaching staff decided to change and adjust the way of playing.
After halftime, Elliott was pulled down to play in the midfield, Cody Gakpo played in the center of the attack instead of playing number 8 as originally planned. Klopp continues to adjust the attack by placing Darwin Nunez as a left striker and pushing Luiz Diaz to play as a right striker (Salah’s familiar position).
The position exchange between Nunez and Diaz brought surprising results. Liverpool plays better attack in the final third of Arsenal’s field. Everything is in order, even though it has not yet brought optimal results.
The above formula will likely be applied by Klopp in the coming period when Salah cannot return to Liverpool. Elliott is needed in midfield, especially with new signing Dominik Szoboszlai absent due to injury
Diaz promises to help The Kop’s attack play with variety, variety and great damage if placed on the right wing. The only reason why the Colombian player does not often appear in that position is Salah. ‘King of Egypt’ has affirmed its inviolable, irreplaceable position in the right-side corridor.
The remaining two positions on the attack will belong to Gakpo and Nunez. Gakpo looks more powerful when placed as a striker. The Dutch star’s good physique, in addition to his ability to press and create walls, will attract opposing defenders, creating favorable space for surrounding satellites.
On the left wing, Nunez becomes a suggestion worth considering for Klopp. The Uruguayan striker holds the ball more, presses, moves intelligently, becoming a dangerous threat to the opponent’s defense.
Another option Klopp needs to consider is Diogo Jota. The Portuguese star can play well when ranked as number 9. Jota’s ability to fight in the air and choose excellent positions will cause a lot of trouble for the opponent’s defense.