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Jurgen Klopp's new tactic to solve last season's problem

By Charles Cornwall

Jurgen Klopp's new tactic to solve last season's problem

Jürgen Klopp has not deployed a new formation for Liverpool in pre-season yet but he could still unleash a new tactic in order to fix a problem area from last season.

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An evolution started at Liverpool this summer. Not radical or sudden, but still significant enough to herald a new era at Anfield. With the arrival of a typical 'old-fashioned' number nine at Liverpool in Darwin Núñez, Jürgen Klopp's next wave seems to be veering in a different direction to his original Liverpool team. In pre-season, Klopp has spoken about the need to be unpredictable again and to evolve as a team, and that has ignited plenty of speculation on social media on whether the Liverpool boss will opt to deploy a different formation in order to accommodate Núñez.

So far that hasn't been necessary with Klopp sticking to his well-worked 4-3-3 recipe. But it's an unusual pre-season for Liverpool given that the World Cup is set to take place later on in the year, and even though Klopp's side are set to officially begin their season in a week's time, Liverpool are still only three games into pre-season.

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Jürgen Klopp's 'next Philippe Coutinho' can give Liverpool two new traits and unlock new talent No Liverpool player has even had a full 90-minute game in the tank yet, and with so many changes and tinkering, it would be difficult for Klopp to implement a new system or formation.

At the same time, Klopp has been speaking about needing to be unpredictable, and if he is to make a formation change, he may not want to expose his tactics in pre-season. "We have a base, we have to build on this base and be more unpredictable for other teams and that’s possible with bringing in other players because they have a different skillset," Klopp told Sky Sports.

Formation

In the past, Klopp's sides prior to his arrival at Anfield, tended to line-up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but when Klopp arrived at Liverpool he opted for the 4-3-3 which has stuck and has worked gold for him in the last few seasons.

But last season, there were times when Klopp did deploy a more advanced midfielder behind the front three and arranged his midfield in a diamond shape that resembled more of a 4-2-3-1. The formation was often used during times in matches when the Reds were chasing the game and needed an extra goal or creative threat from midfield, something which Liverpool lacked at times last season.

He has the personnel in the current Liverpool squad to make the formation work and fix that weakness but pre-season is yet to offer a glimpse into how the system could function.


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