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The tactical conundrum that Jurgen Klopp faces ahead of the Leicester City game – opinion

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By Saiyed Adeem Karim

Liverpool need to find the right formation before taking on Leicester City

Anfield was a little relieved after the Champions League clash against RB Salzburg.

The away side had pulled off a miracle by coming back from 3-0 down, but Mohamed Salah found the back of the net to ensure we won 4-3.

Liverpool had destroyed Salzburg in the opening 30 minutes, but the away side had chances to score even during our period of domination.

Joe Gomez against Salzburg

The Reds were in danger of losing control of the game at half-time and things didn’t improve once the second half started.

Salzburg were fantastic during the opening quarter of the second half, however, Jurgen Klopp moved to bring on James Milner and Divock Origi to change our formation.

The Reds shifted to a 4-2-3-1 from a 4-3-3 with Salah leading the attack and Roberto Firmino behind him.

Liverpool players celebrate

While we didn’t dominate the Austrians as we did in the first half, the Reds did enough to get the win.

Liverpool change formations to break down defences

The Reds were up against a tough Sheffield United side in the previous Premier League game. Chris Wilder’s men more than matched us in terms of chances created, and we only broke the deadlock by shifting to a 4-2-3-1 in the second half.

Liverpool face another tough test today with Leicester visiting us, and the Foxes have been incredible this season.

Brendan Rodgers might have a point to prove to his former employers, and Klopp has to make a choice over which formation to go with. The 4-3-3 allows us to play incredible attacking football but it leaves us a little open.

The Salzburg game was the perfect example of us losing control of the game and we cannot afford to hand chances to the Foxes.

Shifting to a 4-2-3-1 provides us with two holding midfielders, but curtails our attack a bit. Firmino plays as a central attacking midfielder but his effectiveness isn’t as great as it would be when he leads the line.

The 4-2-3-1 helped us a lot last season as we started the campaign with that formation. Liverpool were better defensively, with the two midfielders protecting our back four, but the goals didn’t come regularly.

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Klopp has a tough decision to make regarding the formation, and with Divock Origi doing well and Jordan Henderson looking a little knackered, we could ditch the 4-3-3 today.