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Liverpool's next signing could see Jurgen Klopp finally unleash new formation

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Jurgen Klopp had a vision in mind upon his arrival on Merseyside in October 2015.

And three months later, when the transfer market opened, he tried to implement that vision with a new signing.



Alex Teixiera was targeted as the German's first major signing in charge of the Reds; the tricky Brazilian would add output to the Reds' attack from his favoured no.10 position, but a move eventually fell through.



The Shakhtar Donetsk attacker was deemed to be too expensive despite his impressive goal return in Ukraine, and he moved to China just months later, joining Jiangsu FC for around £45m.



Klopp seemingly wanted to add a no.10 at the time - perhaps to reform the shape he favoured at Borussia Dortmund - and it wasn't long before he tried again.

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Mario Gotze was the next name tipped for a transfer alongside the likes of Julian Brandt, with both eventually moving to Klopp's former home rather than following him to England.

Liverpool instead purchased Sadio Mane from Southampton and Mohamed Salah from AS Roma, with those able to link up with Roberto Firmino to perform highly effectively as a trio, delivering the Premier League and the Champions League in the process.

As Klopp builds his new team ahead of challenging to reclaim his English crown next season, the door to 4-2-3-1 feels open once more, for the first time since around 2017.

There are a number of ways in which Liverpool can form that shape moving forward, with not all of those relying on the transfer market.

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The current squad - providing every player is fit - could fit 4-2-3-1, with Mane and Diogo Jota on the flanks, Salah as the central striker and Firmino as the team's no.10, with Xherdan Shaqiri also capable of contributing.

If a new addition is desired, Klopp has the option to target a striker before dropping Firmino back as the no.10, with a more traditional scorer occupying the no.9 spot.

On the other hand, a new no.10 could be purchased to perform alongside three of Firmino, Mane, Jota and Salah, with Klopp likely to benefit from the wealth of options at his disposal.

Klopp could explore 4-2-3-1 as a shape for Liverpool to use more often next season

The deeper midfield department could also benefit from the change, with Thiago Alcantara primarily forming part of a midfield two in a 4-2-3-1 formation while at Bayern Munich, before getting to grips with 4-3-3 at Anfield.

Klopp has already added Ibrahima Konate to next season's resurgence, but it is likely to be the next signing who has a greater impact on the tactical path that Liverpool take next year.

All could remain the same, but the German boss could finally establish the 4-2-3-1 that he initially seemed to pursue all those years ago.

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