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“It’s not my job”- Mohamed Salah gives verdict on Liverpool’s return to 4-3-3 formation vs Napoli



Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah talks about Jurgen Klopp experimenting with formations in recent games

Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has opened up on Jurgen Klopp‘s experimentation with new formations as the Reds seek to salvage what has been a thoroughly underwhelming season.

The Reds this season, after not enjoying the best times in their performances, opted for a change in formation for the first time this season against Rangers in Glasgow. It yielded a very good result for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

Since then, the Reds have been switching up formations in order to be as unpredictable as possible. A 4-4-2, 4-2-3-1 and the usual 4-3-3 are the setups the gaffer has been tinkering with in the last few games in order to achieve rhythm.

Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah talks about Jurgen Klopp experimenting with formations in recent games.
Mohamed Salah celebrates his goal against Napoli in Liverpool FC’s 2-0 win over the Italian outfit. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Against Napoli at Anfield though, Klopp and co. returned to their familiar 4-3-3 with Thiago and James Milner on either side of Fabinho in midfield. Curtis Jones started on the left wing with Salah on the right and Roberto Firmino upfront.

Speaking to BT Sport via Sky Sports, Salah said this about the formations he is playing in:

“It’s not my job, it’s the gaffer’s job [to pick the formation],”

“I’ve played that position for five or six years and that is the best one for me. 

“I’m not the manager, as a player you have to follow the leader.”

The former Chelsea winger believes that a 4-3-3 suits him the best. He has played on the right wing in that formation for most of his Liverpool career and has 236 appearances in that position for Jurgen Klopp.

Salah likes 4-3-3 the best

Salah has scored 139 goals starting at right wing, which constitutes a major chunk of his goalscoring record for Liverpool. Moreover, there were certain claims from earlier in the season that the 30-year-old Egypt international is playing wider than usual. As long as he continues to bang in the goals, it should be a moot point.

Mo was especially performing below par per his own standards this season. But with his movement and form in front of the goal now, it does not seem a long while before he gets back to his best. In 19 appearances across all competitions this season, Salah has 12 goals and five assists.

Liverpool ace Mohamed Salah talks about Jurgen Klopp experimenting with formations in recent games.
Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez celebrate the latter’s goal against Napoli. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

One would like to believe that if Salah is closer to the goal, he might have a better chance of getting the ball past the keeper. But the word from the man himself assures that he likes playing wide initially and then cutting in onto his left.

With the Reds having impressed in the UEFA Champions League, it becomes chiefly crucial that Liverpool carry on this momentum in the Premier League as well. Domestically, Klopp’s men have struggled and sit in the ninth position in the league.

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Liverpool will face Tottenham this weekend who are in third place in the Premier League table and they will certainly need to play extremely well in order to charge towards the top four after a lacklustre start.