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How Liverpool might line up underneath Julian Nagelsmann


Liverpool are on the hunt for a brand new supervisor to fill the void quickly to be left behind by Jurgen Klopp, and Julian Nagelsmann is of their sights.

90min understands the present Germany boss, whose contract expires this summer time following Euro 2024, has emerged as a possible candidate to exchange Klopp, having seen his identify recommended by a data-heavy search throughout Europe.

All through his profession, Nagelsmann has switched between three-man defences and a conventional 4-2-3-1 setup, however no matter how his sides line up on paper, they are usually attack-heavy groups which depend upon three strong defenders on the again.

So, how would that have a look at Liverpool?

Julian Nagelsmann, Florian Wirtz

Nagelsmann may have some huge signings / Ralf Ibing – firo sportphoto/GettyImages

GK: Alisson – One of many best choices any supervisor on the planet might ever should make, it would not take a genius to decide on Alisson because the beginning goalkeeeper.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – All through his profession, Nagelsmann’s development has been to play a right-back who’s snug at centre-back. He’d be a idiot to not tweak that at Liverpool, the place Alexander-Arnold’s creativity makes him the proper candidate for what he often needs.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – Other than his apparent high quality, Konate is athletic sufficient to function within the wider position often handed out in Nagelsmann’s groups. The Frenchman is likely one of the finest younger defenders round and can stroll into the staff no matter who’s in cost.

CB: Virgil van Dijk – Like Alisson, you would not get employed by Liverpool in the event you thought the staff appeared higher with out Van Dijk.

LB: Goncalo Inacio – Your common Nagelsmann staff has an inverted right-back – Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Jonathan Tah – and an attacking left-back. We’re clearly switching that due to Alexander-Arnold, so count on a left-back who is definitely extra of a centre-back. Reds officers have been following the left-footed Inacio for months and will do so much worse than touchdown the Sporting CP star to work underneath Nagelsmann. For what it is value, Joe Gomez can be actually good right here.

DM: Dominik Szoboszlai – He might need a deep beginning place, however do not count on Szoboszlai to hold round on the base of midfield. Nagelsmann’s midfielders are tasked with advancing possession, so getting Szoboszlai on the ball as quickly as attainable may very well be a sensible transfer.

DM: Alexis Mac Allister – Having confirmed himself to be snug in a deeper position, Mac Allister could also be Nagelsmann’s midfield anchor. He would not essentially should do a complete lot of defending, however like Toni Kroos or Pascal Gross, Mac Allister may also help sweep issues up and get the ball transferring ahead.

RM: Mohamed Salah – Salah has a choice to make about his future however, if he chooses to stay at Liverpool this summer time, he’ll stroll into no matter setup is introduced. Nagelsmann would give him the liberty he must get into the field, with Alexander-Arnold taking winger tasks.

AM: Florian Wirtz – Liverpool have barely performed with a typical attacking midfielder underneath Klopp so discovering an appropriate candidate for Nagelsmann can be a prime precedence. The Germany boss loves Jamal Musiala however a transfer for Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz appears extra possible.

LM: Luis Diaz – With no attacking left-back, Nagelsmann wants a winger who needs to hug the touchline. Within the present squad, there is no such thing as a higher choice for that position than Diaz.

ST: Darwin Nunez – Nagelsmann has proven actual variation relating to his most popular strikers – the silky Kai Havertz has shared minutes with towering goal man Niklas Fullkrug – however Nunez would give this Liverpool facet extra fluidity, which is essential to Nagelsmann’s imaginative and prescient.