It is not about being right or wrong, I am trying to understand it from these experts POV (including Carra) as well as yours where they have called it the double pivot.
Look at your definition of the double pivot, it's basically what we have seen under Klopp (especially when Shaq is played) and as mentioned by HScRed1, it was seen in his Dortmund days where he goes with a destroyer and box-boxer, but with how multi functioning our midfielders are, they can act as both, destroyer and box-boxer as well as 2 sitters.
What is it that I am missing to not see the significant difference? There have been so many varied partnerships out there that were considered double pivots, from Khedira & Alonso, Essien & Ramires , Modric & Rakitic, Xavi and Xabi, Masch & Alonso, Gerrard & Lampard, Kante & Drinkwater etc etc, but what makes ours so different not to be called a double pivot?
Gerrard & Lampard. Jaysus.
A perfect example of two players not to play together in the double pivot.
We've gone way off topic on this so I'll just finish up.
Football evolves. What people talk about now is not what it was.
Volante was effectively the 6. One of the hardest roles in football.
Very few capable of playing the role. Guardiola, Busquets probably 2 of the best.
Double pivot then evolves to allow a player that is creative to have more freedom by putting a covering/destroyer beside them.
The perfect example of that, as I said, was probably Alonso & Mascherano.
After that then I think it evolves again as we see more and more defenders with the ability to play out with the ball.
(Look at Van Dijk & Matip)
So along that we probably move away from the traditional double pivot and more towards what we are seeing now.
It's not the double pivot as it was but commentators still use the phrase cause it sounds right.
Back to Henderson. I don't think he's a fit in either role of a traditional double pivot, but he does a job as a 6 or 8.
That's probably close enough nowadays for people to say he's playing in a double pivot.
Will be interesting to see how he features as Keita settles.
Fabinho and Wijnaldum have nearly nailed themselves on as starters.
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