Jurgen Klopp moved away from his usual 4-3-3 formation in Liverpool’s Champions League win over Rangers and was asked if he’ll stick with it against Arsenal.
Jurgen Klopp refused to confirm whether Liverpool would be sticking with their new formation against Arsenal, after insisting it’s more important that his side stay unpredictable.
Having endured a below-par start to the season, the German named Mohamed Salah, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz in a four-man attack as the Reds returning to winning ways against Rangers on Tuesday, with Fabinho the man to make way in midfield as Klopp stepped away from his favoured 4-3-3 system.
Speaking about the change of formation, the Liverpool boss confirmed teams have worked out how to play against his team and taken advantage of their below-par performances. And while he refused to confirm if the new system would be staying for the foreseeable, he stressed the importance of being able to switch between different formations as a result.
Teams worked out how you can play against us when we are not at our best,” Klopp said. “Other teams have worked out how to play against us for years. But it still didn’t work out for them because we were exceptional in the moment with the things we did.
The moment you aren’t exceptional, then it looks like now they realise. In our best games, I could show you the parts where we could have had problems. But we didn’t because we put so much pressure on the opposition so they couldn’t find the spaces.
That’s the risk you take. The moment you don’t play at your top level, the gaps are still there and they play the pass through. And it looks like, ‘now we know how to play against them’. No, it was always clear. And in whatever system we play.