Liverpool’s change of formation brings some much-needed solidity after an erratic start to the season

A change in formation and a change in mood at Anfield.

After the chaos against Brighton, Liverpool restored much-needed calm with a comfortable Champions League win over Rangers. Sometimes it looked like 4-2-3-1 or 4-2-4, but Jurgen Klopp was adamant it was 4-4-2 and he should know.

The decision to deviate from his usual 4-3-3 came during the investigation he was conducting with assistant Pep Lijnders after Saturday’s erratic and error-ridden performance.

Having seen Liverpool repeatedly ripped apart by conceding eight goals in their previous three games, they knew something had to be done to compact them and try to reverse an alarming slump.

“We wanted to defend differently than usual,” explained Klopp. As Sunday was a recovery day they only had Monday’s session in Kirkby to work on the new vote but given the improvement and cohesion one would not have guessed that. The reward was only the third clean sheet in all competitions this season.

What was most striking was how much better Liverpool looked without possession. There were no glaring gaps to exploit.

Why? First of all, they looked safer with Jordan Henderson and Thiago protecting the back four.

The decision to make

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John Verrall

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