The Possible Liverpool Starting XI Under Portuguese Manager Ruben Amorim

This is how Liverpool might possibly line up under the guidance of Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim, who has been heavily associated with the Reds.

Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim emerges as the frontrunner for the managerial position at Liverpool, surpassing even Xabi Alonso, who was previously a strong contender. Amorim’s likelihood of assuming the role significantly increased after Alonso withdrew from consideration.

Although Liverpool face competition in securing Amorim as their manager, he currently holds the position as the favorite candidate. Considering this, it prompts speculation on how the team’s lineup might evolve under his leadership.

For the purpose of this analysis, we will solely consider the existing squad, as the landscape of summer transfers remains uncertain. Furthermore, we will operate under the assumption that Amorim intends to maintain his successful 3-4-3 formation utilised at Sporting CP.

This speculation yields an intriguing prospective starting eleven, shedding light on potential areas where Liverpool might prioritise signings.

Liverpool Under Ruben Amorim

Defence

In terms of the goalkeeper position, Alisson Becker is the clear choice for Liverpool, a stance unlikely to change regardless of any managerial transitions occurring this summer.

However, the tactical dynamics shift notably when comparing Amorim’s Sporting, who employ a three-centre-back system, with Liverpool’s traditional employment of two central defenders under Jurgen Klopp’s tenure.

At Sporting, the trio of Ousmane Diomande, former Liverpool player Sebastian Coates, and Goncalo Inacio typically occupy the central defensive roles. Assuming Virgil van Dijk occupies one of the positions, likely in the center of the three, the composition becomes intriguing.

Given this setup, Ibrahima Konaté emerges as a logical choice to partner van Dijk, with Joe Gomez appearing to be the preferred selection over Joel Matip or Jarell Quansah in the current circumstances.

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Wing-backs/wide-midfielders

We’ll begin by isolating the discussion on wide players since their classification as wing-backs or midfielders is open to debate, particularly given Amorim’s lack of absolute regulars on either flank.

Nuno Santos typically occupies the left side but has not started more than 25 league games in a single season. Meanwhile, Ricardo Esgaio’s appearances from the right have not exceeded 15 starts in past seasons, although he’s on track to surpass that mark this season. Additionally, Geny Catamo has accumulated 12 starts from the right flank this season.

Amorim’s wide players demonstrate notable functionality and versatility in their contributions. The question arises: does Trent Alexander-Arnold’s style align with this approach on the right? This remains debatable, especially considering his significant influence in central positions, suggesting that the role may not fully suit him. While he may be the favored candidate for the position, a seamless transition is not guaranteed.

In contrast, Andy Robertson presents a strong option for providing width on the left flank, a role he is well-suited for.

Midfield

There’s little doubt as to who would be the ideal pairing, given Wataru Endo and Alexis Mac Allister’s impressive performances this season, showcasing a near-perfect synergy. They embody precisely what Amorim seeks for his team.

Sporting’s midfield duo is primarily tasked with dictating play rather than conjuring magic. Hidemasa Morita and Morten Hjulmand excel in winning tackles and distributing the ball effectively. However, it’s Endo and Mac Allister who epitomize these qualities the best.

The roles of Dominik Szoboszlai and Curtis Jones in this setup remain uncertain, and integrating them into a system with just two midfielders may pose a significant challenge.

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Attacking Midfield

Sporting employs a system with two dynamic attacking-midfielders/wingers supporting a central striker. These positions yield significant output, with Pote notably instrumental in a previous title triumph.

Marcus Edwards and Paulinho offer additional options, aiming to contribute in both scoring and creating goals. This strategy underscores coach Amorim’s pursuit of dual-threat players.

Hence, the inclusion of Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz is predictable given their capabilities. Nevertheless, players such as Cody Gakpo, Diogo Jota, Harvey Elliott, and Dominik Szoboszlai could also excel in these roles.

Particularly intriguing is Elliott’s potential fit. The position seems custom-tailored for his skill set.

The No.9

Viktor Gyorekes made his move to Sporting from Coventry during the summer transfer window and has since become a standout performer. With 25 appearances in Liga Portugal, he has notched an impressive 22 goals and provided 10 assists.

Known for his dynamic style of play, Gyorekes possesses a combination of physicality, athleticism, and determination, consistently influencing matches and creating opportunities for his team. His exceptional performances have garnered attention, with his impact so significant that even top clubs like Liverpool would likely be interested in him if they didn’t already possess similar talents.

In Sporting’s system under manager Amorim, Darwin Nunez could potentially thrive, provided he could replicate Gyorekes’ level of productivity. Nunez has the potential to be a key asset in Amorim’s setup if he can deliver comparable results to the Swedish forward.

The Possible Liverpool XI

Alisson; Gomez, Van Dijk, Konaté; Alexander-Arnold, Endo, Mac Allister, Robertson; Salah, Diaz; Nunez

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