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



Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool

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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“It’s the wrong club for him” – ESPN pundit urges American star to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool



Christian Pulisic

Former Arsenal star and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner has told Christian Pulisic to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool.

The American sensation has been linked (h/t Guardian ) with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in the winger.

Pulisic has found starts hard to come at the Bundesliga leaders and Mariner was quoted by the Express saying:

“No, don’t do it.

“It’s the wrong club for him.

“He’s just going to go into a hopper of decent footballers who eventually go out on loan.

“Is he going to get in the team on this present form? No he’s not.

The former Gunner added that Pulisic is still developing as a player and Liverpool would be great for him, especially because we have Jurgen Klopp

“If you were to ask me for a club he should go to – Liverpool.

“Klopp understands the Bundesliga, he understands what it takes to mould a player. He knows him very, very well.

“If Pulisic were to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”

The 20-year-old would be an incredible signing for the Reds and would add more firepower to our star-studded attack.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season but the addition of Pulisic could change that.

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The American would not come on the cheap but given he has a ton of potential and is only 20, Klopp should take a punt on the Dortmund youngster.

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(Video) Liverpool star breaks down after seeing his side win 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea



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Liverpool star Sadio Mane broke down in tears after Senegal’s 1-0 win over Equatorial Guinea on Saturday.

The attacker had to be helped off the pitch by his teammates despite the team winning the game. The Metro reports that Mane had the chance to double Senegal’s lead in the game but missed his chance.

Many supporters turned on the 26-year-old and booed him for the miss. When the match ended, Mane fell to the ground, tearing up.

His teammates tried to help him up but the Liverpool star fell once again before he was taken off the pitch.

Mane has struggled to perform for Liverpool this season, and it seems his form deserted him for the national side too.

Although Senegal won the game, the reaction from Mane was a little surprising. This reaction reminds us of that 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Luis Suarez breaking down after the match ended.

The Senegal forward is one of our most important players and we need to have him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old has seven goals for us this season, which isn’t a bad return, but we haven’t seen the best of our attackers yet.

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Our next game is a tough tie against Watford at Vicarage Road, and the Senegalese attacker has to be at his best if we are to pick up the three points.

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Liverpool keeping an eye on 18-year-old Brazilian sensation



Bruno Roberto

Liverpool are one of the clubs keeping an eye on Brazilian sensation Bruno Roberto, according to the Daily Mail.

The 18-year-old recently played for the senior Atletico Mineiro side and is expected to follow the “lead” by Gabriel Jesus, as per the report.

Roberto plays as an attacking midfielder and has also interested the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, as per the report.

The 18-year-old could be another great Brazilian coming through the ranks and it will be interesting to see if we follow up with our interest.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Liverpool have a few Brazilian internationals in their side with Alisson and Fabinho joining in the summer. Roberto Firmino has enjoyed a fantastic spell under Jurgen Klopp and seems to be getting better with each season under his belt.

The Reds have to be wary regarding South American youngsters as we have another Brazilian on the books, Allan, that has had trouble getting work permits in Britain.

The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Reds since joining in 2015.

Roberto could be a star in the making and if he wants to develop into the finished article, there is no better place than Liverpool.

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Klopp has one of the best youth teams in England, and the German is known for handing chances to youngsters at the club.

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