Liverpool’s problems in the midfield have been talked about at length on this site and many other sites, but I think the problem doesn’t just end there. They still have a lot to do in the offense, because things haven’t been going their way in that sense either. They haven’t been scoring the goals they are so used to scoring, and there’s obviously a reason for that.
Injuries have played their part. Luis Diaz, and Diogo Jota have struggled with fitness this season. But, form has also played a big part in this. Their new signing, Darwin Nunez, hasn’t performed as well as he was expected to. Not yet, anyway. And, their talisman, Mohamed Salah, has been a shadow of himself in the Premier League. Things haven’t been working out for them, but all hope’s not lost.
Liverpool should change the system to include Jota centrally, to help Salah and Nunez
I think drifting away from a 4-3-3 would work a lot in Liverpool’s favour. Whether that’s a 4-2-3-1 or a 4-4-2 is a different case, but a change is required.
I think that if Liverpool go for a 4-2-3-1 with Jota as a central attacking midfielder just behind Jota, acting as a makeshift striker at times, it could help Nunez a lot, and it could also provide the team with enough firepower up front to change their luck in front of goal.
Playing Jota would unlock more space for Salah, and Jota’s skillset is excellent on its own. It would ask for more coverage from a double pivot of Thiago and possibly Bajcetic, and I think it could work at least in the short term. Still, they certainly need to try, because whatever they are currently doing isn’t quite working either.
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This news is obviously very good news for the team. Jota’s return should be fun.