I like to think our midfield will be functioning than malfunctioning this season. And with our front 3 (Salah, Mane & Firmino) and back 5 (Alisson, Robertson, TAA, Lovren & VVD) choices most likely to be the same, I have a feeling midfield will be the most discussed area on the field.
Henderson, Fabinho, Keita, Lallana, Wijnaldum, Milner & maybe Shaqiri are pretty much the players available for midfield selection, so I am really curious to know what midfield set up, roles and combination you guys want to see?
For me, the hub player is the key area that determines how the midfield/team plays, and having Fabinho there , we will have a calming/controlling influence, but slower tempo than last season. So the way I see it, the emphasis will be more so on footballing abilities , and this is where I feel the likes of, Keita, Lallana, Wijnaldum and Shaqiri will thrive.
I can also see the arguments for Hendo & Milner , especially in the traditional box-box role where they offer more directness (off the ball running and long balls), yet still keep that high octane aggressive pressing that Wijnaldum or Lallana offers.
However, what happens if Hendo plays #6 instead of Fabinho? With the likes of, Keita, Lallana & Shaqiri in front of him, does he need to change his game a bit and use our midfielders more often than how he would usually play where he was more prone to passing wide and behind?
How do you guys see it?!