Former Liverpool midfielder Don Hutchinson has urged boss Jurgen Klopp to stop tinkering with Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, in an interview with the Premier League Productions.
Last season Klopp used the duo as part of a three-pronged attack and both Firmino and Salah were in devastating form.
During the current campaign, however, a switch to 4-2-3-1 has seen the Brazilian utilised as a number 10, with Salah being unleashed through the middle as a striker.
There doesn’t seem to be too much reason to complain.
The Reds are currently level on points with leaders Manchester City and have lost just once in 26 league games.
Following two successive draws, Klopp reverted to his tried and tested 4-3-3 for the game with Bournemouth, reaping the rewards in a 3-0 win.
Hutchinson believes that it was a good piece of management but would like the experimentation to stop now, particularly with Salah.
He told Premier League Productions: “He’s got to play that 4-3-3, Klopp, until the end of the season. He’s got to get Mo Salah one-v-one.
“It was exactly the football he is able to play, and that we want him to play – very involved in things, not only scoring but in the build-up as well. Sometimes dropping deep, in the half-spaces, staying wide, all that stuff. That’s exactly how he has to play and he did it in an outstanding manner.”
Hutchinson played 45 games for Liverpool between 1990 and 1994 and he believes that chasing City could suit the Reds, despite having held the lead at the top for so long.
The Reds were seven points clear a couple of months ago and the title race looked like a foregone conclusion.
City have roared back into contention, however, and it is now Liverpool who face a chase.
Hutchinson believes that will play into the Reds’ hands.
He continued: “There was no nervousness inside the stadium, different to when they were seven points clear, especially against Leicester when they went 1-0 up a couple of minutes in and they didn’t really know what to do.
“I think it suits them, chasing. When they were five clear and seven clear, everyone was saying, ‘If they’re going to blow this, it’ll be a bit of a bottle job’.
“It might just suit them, the way Liverpool are with all the emotion of going for the holy grail trying to get it over the line, to chase it for a little bit.”
Liverpool face a make or break couple of weeks in their campaign.
A two-legged Champions League tie is on the horizon against Bayern Munich, whilst the next two league games for Klopp’s side are at Manchester United and Everton.