Speaking after Liverpools 3-1 win over Bradford on Sunday, which saw Adam Lallana play in the number 6 role, Klopp hilariously claimed that he hopes “Maurizio Sarri doesn’t see the games, otherwise he will probably make an offer!”
Lallana’s gunna start a competitive game as a number six for Liverpool this season and people are going to absolutely lose their shit.— Ste Hoare (@stehoare) July 14, 2019
In all seriousness, Adam Lallana proved to be a bit of a revelation in that role, and it could be his route back into the team, with several other established players ahead of him in his more traditional position.
Klopp told reporters: “Adam is this kind of player, he can play that and obviously enjoys it a lot, this ‘Jorginho’ role. So it’s about getting Adam the rhythm, bringing him in and giving him the things he’s naturally good at. Small spaces, keeping the ball, passing the ball, and then from time to time offering the runs in behind as well, especially together with Milly that’s possible. But it’s just another option for us.”
This could be an option Klopp deploys this season – having another player who can play that holding midfield role will be hugely beneficial if there are any injuries.
Featured image by Ruaraidh Gillies – Jurgen Klopp leaves the pitch at full-time a happy man, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59227791