Klopp: New system gives Liverpool element of surprise again

November 9, 2020

Jurgen Klopp was happy that Liverpool proved they “can play three or four different systems” in the future.

Liverpool held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw at the Etihad on Sunday, taking the lead through a Mo Salah penalty but being pegged back by Gabriel Jesus’s equaliser before Kevin de Bruyne missed from the spot.

Both teams had their chances to win the game but eventually settled for a point apiece.

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While City ended the game as the superior side, Liverpool started excellently thanks to a surprise formation that made use of Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.

The system had been used once previously against Sheffield United but Klopp pointed out that being able to use it successfully against City suggests they can spring it on anyone.

“When you can do it against City then you can do it against other teams as well,” he said, as quoted by Liverpool’s official website.

“It will not be our new, all-the-time [formation] but there are moments when we might use it. That’s very helpful for us.

“Usually people know which system we play, that’s now water under the bridge. From now on we can play three or four different systems, which is good, and tonight it worked really well.

“We wanted to use the skills and the power of the four up front in specific moments to cause City problems, that’s one thing. The other thing is that we all like to prepare a game in the way that we know exactly what the opponent is doing and Pep, I don’t think he knew we would play 4-4-2.

“It’s not important but it needed a while for City to adapt to it, that was the plan for today. We will not have used that the last time.”


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