Klopp's Attacking Quartet Key For Remaining Fixtures

Liverpool's beat down of Arsenal at the weekend solidified the importance of this new Jurgen Klopp tactic.
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With the multitude of injuries throughout the course of the season thus far, Jurgen Klopp has had few chances at seeing exactly what his team may look like at full strength.

On Saturday, the free-flowing attack of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota provided more moments of brilliance that the Reds had been missing for the past few months.

Diogo Jota scores against Arsenal

A substitute in the 61st minute, Jota came on and made an instant impact as he powered home the opener from a sublime Trent Alexander-Arnold cross. Minutes later, Salah was led through on goal after a miss-timed tackle by Arsenal's Gabriel, which Salah placed through the wickets of Bernd Leno to seal the deal. 

Jota would later score on a Salah pass in the box that was gently led on by Mane before being crushed into the back of the net by the Portuguese star.

Jota's addition on the pitch added an element that proved unbearable for Arsenal's defense. Could it be problematic for future opponents as well?

Over the course of the 2020/21 season, the quartet of Salah, Mane, Firmino and Jota have played a total of 159 minutes of action over the course of three matches with all of them on the pitch at the same time. 

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In that short period, they have accounted for five goals against Manchester City (penalty), Sheffield United and the aforementioned Arsenal [2 wins, 1 draw].

Though not implored by Klopp and his coaching staff often, the four Liverpool attackers have proven they are able to play together, cause problems for opposition, and adjust to moving and switching positions often on the pitch.

With having them all on the pitch, the swap to a 4-2-3-1 formation is the formation that comes to mind that could get them into area's on the pitch that can cause the defense problems. However, it's the movement by the players that makes the formation so effective. 

Whether it's Salah switching centrally; Firmino dropping deeper, Mane making diagonal runs in behind or Jota being able to get in between defenders, there are an exorbitant amount of options at the players fingertips that can help them in their efforts to exploit the opposition. And they all complement each other beautifully in how they adapt to what the defense is giving them.

Sadio Mane

The four of them certainly give Liverpool an attacking dimension that we've been lacking for the majority of the last few months. And one that undoubtedly presents the opposition with another headache.

Will we see more of these four playing together down the stretch? Absolutely. When and how they will be used is up to Klopp and his staff, but having them together makes Liverpool a dangerous team to face in the coming months.