It was unclear exactly what formation Liverpool had shifted to during their 2-0 victory over Rangers, but Jurgen Klopp has confirmed that “it was a 4-4-2.”
Klopp’s new formation for Liverpool
Fans were thrilled to see that Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp started four strikers in his squad when the teamsheets for the Reds’ third Champions League group encounter were made public.
Three players were substituted for Fabinho, Fabio Carvalho, and Roberto Firmino in the lineup that drew 3-3 with Brighton three days prior: Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, and Darwin Nunez.
On Saturday, Liverpool’s collapse after leading 3-2 may have been a turning point. Especially when Klopp ultimately changed his formation and guided his team to a convincing victory.
It was unclear how the Reds had lined up during the Group A victory. However, Klopp later acknowledged it was a 4-4-2 in a conversation with beIN SPORTS.
The difference of playstyle
Trent was among seven players that spent the majority of their time in the other team’s half against Brighton. There was a distinct midfield three. And it included a condensed attacking trio, and Kostas Tsimikas was positioned wide.
In contrast, versus Rangers, there was a concise emphasis on a defensive system with five players. It was including Alexander-Arnold, in the Liverpool half and two No. 6s, Thiago and Jordan Henderson protecting the back line.
Salah was farther outside as Jota and Diaz played off Nunez as the centre-forward. These were the arrangements while Tsimikas was similarly wide but kept a little deeper.
The future of this new formation
Whether the 4-4-2 is going to remain or if it was just a one-time system shock for Liverpool, who sorely needed a victory on Tuesday, is still up in the air.
However, it’s more probable that it will at least stay in the locker. Especially with the 4-3-3 being used in certain games as well.
In the upcoming week and a half, there may be two of these matches in the Premier League, with a journey to Arsenal on Sunday and a match against Man City seven days later. Arsenal now leads the league, with defending champions City in second place, a point back.