Jurgen Klopp sprang a tactical surprise against Manchester City on Sunday evening, and the German was pleased with how his new formation worked.
Much of the pre-match talk surrounded the form of Diogo Jota – the Portuguese having scored six goals in his previous four games – and whether he should be included ahead of Roberto Firmino who has only found the net once in 11 outings all season.
However, Firmino has always been an integral factor in Liverpool’s pressing play, and Klopp sprung a surprise at the Etihad by playing all four of his attacking options as he opted to change from his usual 4-3-3 formation for a 4-4-2.
Despite the game finishing 1-1, and City spurning the chance to win the game from the penalty spot, the Liverpool boss was pleased with the effectiveness of his setup, saying that he now has ‘three or four different systems’ at his disposal.
“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.”