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Fan rant of the day: An evolution in our formation indicates Jurgen Klopp is learning at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has played a 4-3-3 formation at Liverpool since his first full season in charge. We had Philippe Coutinho on one side and Sadio Mane on the other with Roberto Firmino playing as the False 9.

Things changed when the Reds lined-up to face Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. The 4-3-3 was gone and in place came a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The strange aspect of this formation was the striker leading the attack. It wasn’t Firmino or even Daniel Sturridge, but Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian scored a brace and Firmino played behind him. Xherdan Shaqiri, who could have done Firmino’s role in that team, was playing wide right.

This felt like a one-off, maybe it had to do with Fabinho getting a game or maybe this had to do with trying to find the right place for Shaqiri in the side.

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The “experiment” worked well as we picked up three points and a 4-0 win. Klopp stuck with the formation in our 4-1 win over Cardiff City, even though we didn’t attack as we did at the end of last season.

Salah seemed to be getting to grips with his formation, and Mane also bagged a brace in the win over the Bluebirds.

Our midfield featured Fabinho and the Brazilian was brilliant in both games. It has been a bit of a conundrum as to how we fit the Brazilian into the team. While we play three midfielders in our 4-3-3, there really isn’t a role for an out-and-out defensive midfielder.

That isn’t the case with our 4-2-3-1 formation that Klopp deployed in our previous games. The Brazilian is a monster when we get the formation right, and this highlights one key aspect for Liverpool this season, we have a second option for our formation.

Fabinho Liverpool

Previously, we were stuck with the one formation and when things had to change, it would mostly be a like for like change.

Firmino would be replaced by Divock Origi or Dominic Solanke, James Milner would come on for Jordan Henderson, and so on.

Now, Klopp has something he can use to nullify and flummox teams. The 4-2-3-1 also gives us the option of shutting up shop with our midfield doing all the hard work.

We can have five midfielders protecting the back four, and even though this isn’t something that would seem like a Klopp move, it certainly goes with the plan of being more cautious at the back.

The Reds have only conceded four goals from 10 Premier League games, a pretty good stat considering how leaky we have been in defence in previous seasons.

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Our manager spent big in signing Virgil van Dijk and then Alisson, in the summer, and the results speak for themselves. Liverpool are evolving, Klopp is evolving and our trophy cabinet should grow soon.

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Liverpool slap £15million price tag on out of favour veteran star – PL trio interested

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Reds want £15million for Simon Mignolet

The Daily Mail reports that Liverpool have slapped a £15million tag on Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

The 31-year-old has recorded just a couple of starts for the Reds this season. Mignolet played in the two domestic cup games for Liverpool but both ended in defeat.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper has been an excellent professional this season but has seen his time limited on the pitch because of Alisson. The Brazilian has been an incredible signing for the Reds and even won the Golden Glove in his first season.

Many clubs looking for goalkeepers in the summer

The Daily Mail adds that Watford, Bournemouth and the newly-promoted Norwich all in the market for a goalkeeper.

The 31-year-old is still a part of Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squad and he needs to play regularly to keep his place in the team.

Simon Mignolet

Simon Mignolet

Mignolet has had his ups and downs at Anfield but no one can question his commitment to the side. The Belgian has always been supportive of the team, even if he isn’t playing regularly.

It will be interesting to see if we can get £15million for the Belgian. Liverpool have pulled off some incredible deals for players such as Jordon Ibe and Dominic Solanke in recent times, and the Reds will be tough negotiators in the upcoming transfer market as well.

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Liverpool also need to take a decision on who the No.2 would be for Alisson next season as we need a reliable back-up should the Brazilian pick up an injury or something.

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Boost for Liverpool as reputed Spanish expert confirms Reds are in contact with Ajax star

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Latest Liverpool news: Guillem Balague claims Liverpool are talking with Matthijs de Ligt

Spanish football expert Guillem Balague spoke on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Football Daily Podcast and claimed that Liverpool are in talks with Matthijs de Ligt (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The Spaniard claimed that the Reds have “been talking to him” about a possible move (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Matthijs de Ligt

Matthijs de Ligt

De Ligt is one of the best players in the Dutch league and led Ajax to another Eredivisie title. The 19-year-old helped Ajax to the semi-finals of the Champions League but the team were knocked out by Tottenham.

Manchester City also in the running for De Ligt

The Liverpool Echo adds that De Ligt isn’t in a hurry to finalise his future.

There are several clubs interested in the centre-back, with Manchester City also interested in him after Vincent Kompany decided to leave the Cityzens (h/t Liverpool Echo).

Manchester United and Barcelona have also been linked with the Dutch defender (h/t Liverpool Echo), and the centre-back has done an excellent job alongside Virgil van Dijk in the national team.

Matthijs de Ligt

The Reds had the best defence in the Premier League this season and conceded just 22 goals in 38 games. De Ligt would make a wonderful signing for the present and the future, however, the Reds already have a quality young defender in Joe Gomez.

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The Englishman’s playing time was cut short due to a fracture, while Joel Matip has done a brilliant job alongside Van Dijk in the heart of our defence.

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“Best things come in threes” – Klopp confident of overturning personal record in the CL final

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Latest Liverpool news: Jurgen Klopp confident ahead of Champions League clash despite finals record

Jurgen Klopp isn’t fazed by a third Champions League final despite not winning the first two.

The German took Borussia Dortmund to the final in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich, and we lost last season to Real Madrid.

Klopp took Liverpool to the League Cup final and the Europa League final but we lost both of them. Howeer, the German isn’t worried about that record and spoke about his history of winning things on the third try (h/t LiverpoolFC.com):

“In Germany we have a saying: ‘All the best things come in threes’.

“At Mainz, I missed promotion twice and we got promoted in the third season. We hope that it will repeat itself for the Champions League. I think it’s quite cool, to be honest.”

The German added that this was his fourth European final and lauded the quality of the teams he had under him.

Klopp claimed that the away win over Bayern Munich was the best away game his team have played at the European level.

Klopp expects a tough game in Madrid

Tottenham will not be an easy side and Klopp did not expect anything other than a tough clash at the Wanda Metropolitano. The German wanted the Reds to call upon their experience from the season and backed the side to play good football:

“That’s what we have to do. We have to play the football we stand for. We have to play LFC football. That’s the plan, and then it will still be difficult, but it was difficult in all the other games as well.”

The Reds won both their clashes against Spurs in the Premier League this season but a Champions League final could see the best of the London side.

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Liverpool have to be wary of the threat possessed by Spurs but we have the quality to win the sixth Champions League crown.

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