Klopp warns flexible Liverpool to prepare for different systems

Date published: Monday 3rd July 2017 7:13

Jurgen Klopp has vowed to experiment with different systems and formations as Liverpool gear up for their return to pre-season training.

The Reds are about to embark on highly-anticipated campaign, which will see them return to the Champions League and be expected to mount a sustained title challenge.

Klopp largely used a 4-3-3 formation the season just elapsed – or a slight variation of it – with Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho flanking Robert Firmino up front.

But the German wants his players to wise up and be prepared to tailor their formation dependent on the opposition and the players available.

Speaking about his plans, Klopp told the club’s official website: “Tactically-wise, getting more flexible – depending who is there and when – and introducing different systems.

“[In 2015-16], we played most of the time kind of 4-2-3-1, [in 2016-17] most of the time 4-3-3 or 4-5-1. In our opinion, it fitted best to the players we had.

“I’m not sure which way we have to play next year, there will be a few different ones. And we’ll prepare for European football also, so we need a bigger squad of course. We’ll be good. I’m looking forward to it.”

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