Jurgen Klopp admits he could change his tactics when Liverpool host Manchester City this weekend. The Reds’ boss knows he’ll have to do something.
Injuries have put Jurgen Klopp up against it this Sunday – but he’s used to that. He had to shake things up all last season, of course, as key player after key player picked up a problem.
This time, though, it’s not the centre-backs that cause him trouble. He’s without Trent Alexander-Arnold for the crunch game and that’s a real problem.
After all, the only other recognised right-back in the squad is Neco Williams and few would say he’s ready for a game like this. Klopp admits that both James Milner and Joe Gomez are options, too, but there’s also another one – changing the system.
“We will see which one we choose,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “We have obviously James, we have Joe, we have Neco, we could change system – there are quite a few things.”
Klopp could change tactics vs City
So how exactly could he do that? The most obvious option is to go 4-2-3-1 and play with more traditional full-backs with wide midfielders ahead of them.
That would take attacking responsibility away from the right-back, given they won’t be as creative as Alexander-Arnold. It’s a small change but we did see Klopp do it at the Etihad last season.
But that change would still see Klopp using a replacement full-back. If he truly wants to go in a different direction, we could see a back three.
It’s something we’ve talked about before. Liverpool now have five good centre-back options and using three of them makes some sense.
Especially if Klopp’s unsure about his right-backs. Maybe using Gomez on the of a back three and then Milner as a wing-back is the best of both worlds. But perhaps City aren’t the best team to trial that against.
There are a couple of ways Klopp could go with this, then. He’s certainly keeping Pep Guardiola guessing, at the very least.