Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai has hinted at the possibility of playing a defensive midfield role.
As the Reds face the prospect of losing Fabinho to Al Ittihad, they are actively looking for a new defensive midfielder. With no natural replacement available on the squad, several names have emerged as possible options.
However, according to Szoboszlai, there may be an unexpected solution. As quoted by the Daily Mail, the 22-year-old has said that playing role number 6 is “no problem” for him. Although he admitted that he would rather not.
In fact, playing as a central midfielder for Liverpool requires a different approach than other teams.
In this role, the focus is on the player anchoring the team while others around them push forward. A specialist is required who can effectively meet the unique requirements of the position.
Fabinho’s performance in this role at Anfield has indeed been remarkable in four out of five seasons. He was the perfect player for the job and there was no one else the team would have preferred.
When looking for players with similar qualities, Szoboszlai doesn’t immediately come to mind as the ideal candidate for this particular role.
In fact, Szoboszlai’s willingness to consider the defensive midfield role could indicate Liverpool’s strategic approach to the composition of their new midfield signings.
It’s possible that Klopp will explore different options and players’ adaptability to improve the team’s midfield dynamics. Klopp could aim to create a more versatile and adaptable midfield unit to meet the team’s needs.
Instead of focusing solely on bringing players to specific defined positions, Liverpool could prioritize versatility in their midfield recruits.
Alexis Mac Allister, being a multi-talented midfielder with experience in deeper roles fits into this narrative. Having players who can perform well in multiple positions gives Klopp more tactical flexibility.
And therefore the ability to adapt to different match scenarios. It allows the team to have more options and ensures they can maintain their level of performance. Even with injuries or tactical changes.