Pep Guardiola is preparing to make a big tactical switch when Man City rock-up to Liverpool on Sunday, according to reports.
This comes from The Mirror. They say the Catalonia head-coach is keen on the idea of reverting to a 3-5-2 formation, with City looking to secure their first win at Anfield since April 2003.
Guardiola to repeat 2018 trick?
This is a tactical ploy Guardiola looked to implement in the Champions League quarter final second-leg against Liverpool in 2018.
City peppered Liverpool’s goal to little avail during an inspiring 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds.
The tactical tweak would see Ruben Dias, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte combined together in defensive three.
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All three of the aforementioned names featured during the 2-0 win against Burnely on Tuesday, although the latter was sanctioned at left-back on that particular occasion.
How could Liverpool line-up?
This follows on from a separate report from The Mirror which indicated that Liverpool would pair together Jordan Henderson and Fabinho in defence.
Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker are also expected to return to fore for the reigning English champions.
Meanwhile, Jamie Carragher has encouraged Klopp to hand Ozan Kabak his Premier League debut, following on from his deadline-day arrival on Monday, per The Telegraph.
This would enable Henderson or Fabinho to return to their naturally-suited midfield role, an area where Liverpool have struggled for innovation in recent weeks.
The former, in particular, has a favourable record in that position, too. Since October 2017, Henderson has lost just two Premier League matches in his preferred midfield role – both of which were against City (January 2019 and July 2020).
A report from The Independent, meanwhile, has also encouraged Klopp to explore the possibility of dropping two-time Champions League winner Thiago Alcantara for Curtis Jones.