I hope that’s the end of the diamond. It’s a formation that has a lot of cons. You lack width going forward, most of your play goes through the middle, and your full backs don’t have protection. You’re also very open to counter attacks. I remember Milan 17 years ago having success with that formation, but look at their midfield: it was Gatusso, Pirlo, Seedorf, Kaka, and then they had a back line of Cafu, Stam, Nesta, and Maldini.
It would be one thing to play a diamond in the 19/20 season when we had Fab, Gini, Henderson all firing. Hendo and Gini had great engines. Put Bobby at the tip of that and it would have a decent balance. But when you have Fabinho in the worst form of his career anchoring, and Elliot and Thiago either side of him, it just doesn’t work. Neither Elliot or Thiago are box to box to midfielders, and Fabinho needs legs around him to make up for his lack of pace.
I understand why Klopp tried the formation. We only have one natural winger available (if you can still call him that) in Salah, and Nunez and Bobby are our only other available senior forward players. Salah is at his best when he’s within 25 yards of goal and he’s played well as a striker in the past few games. I much preferred the 442/4231 we used against Arsenal, Rangers and City though.
Elliot was playing better when positioned wider, we had more protection, and we had more ways to attack. The problem is that we lost Jota who was playing well in the left sided role.
We could perhaps go with two of Hendo, Fab, and Thiago in the middle, and then play one of Salah or Elliot on the right; one of Carvalho, Jones or Elliot on the left, and two of Bobby, Salah, Nunez up top. It’s not ideal and we wouldn’t really want to have two youngsters on the flanks, but I think it would be better than the diamond. We could play Trent RM but I don’t think it will happen. Milner is also an option. Don’t kill me. I’m just looking at some alternatives.
We could always go back to 433 and just play Nunez off the left. He could interchange with Bobby. We might still have the midfield of Fab, Thiago, and Elliot, but they wouldn’t have to do as much work as they have to do when playing in the diamond, and they’d have more passing options.
Another option is we continue playing Bobby behind a two of Nunez and Mo, but we go to a back 3/5.
It would look something like this: https://ibb.co/f01npNh
The linked formation could easily turn into a 343 with Carvalho off the left, Salah off the right, and one of Nunez or Bobby down the middle.