Jurgen Klopp showed off his squad’s fantastic versatility in the 4-0 win over Southampton. While he only introduced one new player, the entire Liverpool team felt different.
Liverpool were outstanding at Anfield and while the Saints certainly troubled them, they still won comfortably. A lot of that was down to the changes Klopp made.
The boss only brought in one player, Fabinho. His introduction moved things around, however, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain playing on the left-wing and Jordan Henderson in a more advanced role.
Both had brilliant games and actually scored the first two goals that effectively won the game. Given that the duo both played withdrawn roles against West Ham United, that’s quite incredible.
Really, Klopp showed at Southampton to wonderful unpredictability that Jose Mourinho raved about last month. “It is more difficult for anyone who plays against them because of that potential for unpredictability,” the Spurs boss said back then.
Mourinho felt that was a luxury that made Liverpool incredibly difficult to play against. The game against Southampton showed exactly why.
Henderson has played the holding role consistently for two months. There’s little to no chance that Southampton planned to face him in an attacking role.
The same goes for Oxlade-Chamberlain. He’s been a centre-midfielder, almost exclusively this season. Suddenly, he’s attacking James Ward-Prowse on the wing.
It’s a wonderful luxury that Klopp really built against the odds. And when he can add so much unpredictability to proceedings with just one change in personnel, it makes Liverpool nigh-on impossible to prepare for.