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Liverpool’s new formation explained: How the 4-4-2 works




Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has stuck almost religiously to his 4-3-3 from his arrival…until now.

“We just thought we had to change and that’s what we did in terms of training. Let’s see how it goes,” explained Jurgen Klopp shortly before Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Rangers in the Champions League. The manager made three changes to his starting line-up – with Fabinho, Fabio Carvalho and Roberto Firmino dropping for Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota and Darwin Nunez – after a 3-3 draw with Brighton.

“There is never a perfect time to change, we had to change anyway. We felt it was fair,” he said. A stiffer defense was protected by two midfielders, while four forwards were allowed to intertwine in the final third.

Liverpool’s starting XI for midweek Champions League game against Rangers (Image credit: future)

Some might say it was 4-2-3-1, but regardless Liverpool looked more solid, securing their fifth win of the season and keeping only their third clean sheet in 11 games.