Klopp pleased to have successfully implemented a new formation in the second half against Rangers . The formation he carried made the guest confused and surprised because the Reds looked different.
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During the match, Jurgen Klopp’s team struggled to score through open play because of the greatness of the opposing goalkeeper. So they scored from set pieces which were Trent-Alexander Arnold’s free kick (7′) and Mohamed Salah’s penalty (53′).
In recent matches, Klopp is famous for using a 4-3-3 formation. But in this match, he applied a 4-2-3-1 formation with gegenpressing tactics (winning the ball after losing the ball). in the second half, Klopp made five substitutions.
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According to Klopp the formation is effective to make attack and defense more solid at the same time. He also saw the opponent looked surprised by this formation.
“That’s what we needed. It was a super performance, solid, the best defence, everyone is committed in the new formation,” Klopp was quoted as saying by UEFA’s official website.
“Sometimes you have to change things. For sure it was a bit of a shock for Rangers with the way we played. 2-0 I’m more than happy.”
As an illustration, Klopp plays four attackers up front with the spearhead of Darwin Nunez. Meanwhile, as shadow strikers, there are Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, and Luis Diaz.
“We had a lot of chances during the game. We played really well with the front four playing together for the first time. I’m very happy, 2-0 is a solid result but we have to keep working.”