Eight months since arriving at Anfield, the Japanese striker got his first goal for the English club. A strike against Arsenal could not help Liverpool win their first title of the season. But it shows that Minamino has enough potential to become a strategic card for “The Kop”.
Over the past few years, the trend of using the Premier League’s attacking trio has become quite popular. Manchester City has Raheem Sterling – Gabriel Jesus – Riyad Mahrez Bernardo Silva.
MU has Marcus Rashford – Anthony Martial – Mason Greenwood. Liverpool’s rival recently. Arsenal has a trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Alexandre Lacazette – Nicolas Pepe.
However, the most successful trio and can be considered as the beginning of the trend to use the trio on the attack of English football is Liverpool. Liverpool reaped the trophy from the Champions League to the Premier League.
Mane, Salah or Firmino create a balance in gameplay when pressing, creating opportunities and finishing. The trio of Liverpool is more comprehensive than Man City, Arsenal or MU.
In the final of the British Super Cup 2020, coach Juergen Klopp launched Liverpool’s most powerful team. MFS started from the start, but did not create clear goals for goals or dangerous shots on the opponent’s goal.
Mane has a good match but lacks sophistication in the final situations. Firmino has to play too far from goal although he still shows his ability to make the ball superior.
Salah was completely lost and did not have much space. The absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold causes Liverpool to lose the attack on the right wing. “The Kop” no longer has the quality of Arnold’s high-damage crosses.
Andrew Robertson on the left flank is not enough. Liverpool’s play style thus became stalemated in front of Arsenal’s deep and tight squad.
Crosses from the edge, taking advantage of the flexibility of the MSF trio, have helped Liverpool to dominate Europe in the past few years. However, when the game is gradually being caught by opponents, coach Klopp needs new solutions.
It is understandable that the current Premier League champions are linked with Bayern midfielder Thiago. Liverpool needs new elements, which can create more diverse attack options.