Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp will experiment with a new tactical outlook when the Reds arrive in Hong Kong for their next two pre-season fixtures.
When Liverpool took the field for both halves of their Tranmere and Wigan fixtures, the Reds went straight for what they know works.
All four rotated XIs that featured across the two halves of each game lined up in the fluid 4-3-3 that became Klopp’s staple system across 2016/17, with the emphasis very much remaining on high pressing full-backs, an interchanging front-three and a midfield that was strictly drilled in when to hold their position and when to break the line.
It seems however, that the German manager has been cooking up some new tactical systems and ideas that he’s ready to unleash this season and could even be tempted to utilise them when the Reds come up against Crystal Palace and an as-of-yet undecided opponent in the Reds two PL Asia Trophy matches this coming week.
“If I would be a poker player, I would say maybe we should not show all our cards,” he said according to the PL’s official website.
“But It’s the same probably for Crystal Palace with their new manager Frank de Boer.
“It’s not about hiding things; we cannot hide anything anymore so it’s about playing. You have to use these games like the most intense training session you could ever plan because that’s what we want.”
Also highlighted in Klopp’s conversation were new signings Mohamed Salah and Dominic Solanke – the first of which has already netted his first goal in a Liverpool shirt – who the German excitedly called players of “real quality.”
“He played in Italy which is a very difficult league for an offensive player because of defensive tactics,” Klopp says of Salah.
“He scored a lot, made a lot of goals and he’s a fantastic player. With both players you saw it already in first few sessions, real quality, good lads and are very important for us.”
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