Assessing SkySports predicted Liverpool XI including Roberto Firmino

How will Liverpool line up next season?

Liverpool's array of new signings - topped off with a deal for Roberto Firmino - have fans and pundits alike wondering how the side will line up next season.

The Reds have also signed Danny Ings, James Milner, Joe Gomez and Adam Bogdan - while the future of Raheem Sterling is anybody's guess.

SkySports published their predicted starting XI which manager Brendan Rodgers could go with next season. But how accurate will it be?


The first question for Liverpool next season is whether to pursue the 3-5-2 formation which last season was a means to an end, and not an effective one. 

The Reds shipped nine goals in two games against Stoke and Crystal Palace at the end of the season, and playing Emre Can in a back-three is neither right for him or best for the team.

Liveprool owe it to themselves to find another solution over the course of the summer, which could be giving Tiago Ilori another chance. The Metro recently linked Nathaniel Clyne of Southampton who is another option.


The challenge is how to fit both Coutinho and Roberto Firmino into the same side, while James Milner effectively playing at right wing-back is a square peg in a round hole.

A change of formation is the Reds best solution to either a 4-4-2 or 4-5-1, which allows Milner to play centrally with Henderson, Coutinho behind the striker and Firmino out wide, and Sterling on the other flank in a midfield five.


Liverpool are overloaded with talent in midfield and have a dearth of quality strikers beyond Daniel Sturridge, which is why playing two forwards could be a waste of positions.

Daniel Sturridge is a clear first choice - if fit - while Lambert, Origi, Balotelli - assuming Borini is sold, will compete for a back-up role.

This is where Danny Ings will begin his Anfield career too, and will have to prove himself before being able to command his place in Liverpool's starting line-up.

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