Jamie Carragher recommends Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp makes formation change

Sam Preston February 23, 2021
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Jamie Carragher ran the rule over his former club Liverpool on last night’s Monday Night Football on Sky Sports.

Liverpool lost at home for the fourth straight game and they haven’t won at Anfield in their last six.

Carragher feels it might be time for Klopp to alter his 4-3-3 formation and go for a 4-2-3-1.

He says that would help protect Ozan Kabak, Ben Davies and Nat Phillips at centre-half, while also getting another attacking player on the pitch.

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“With Jurgen Klopp, you’re talking about doing something different – it’s not ripping anything up, it’s just tweaking of the system,” said Carragher. “Maybe 4-2-3-1.

“Give you an extra attacking player in because Liverpool have been struggling to create and score goals. And defensively, is there a case now for putting Liverpool ten yards further back?

“Liverpool never played this high when Jurgen Klopp first came in. When they had Kolo Toure, (Mamadou) Sakho, (Martin) Skrtel.

“This high line at the moment; Kabak is struggling, Ben Davies may come in, Nat Phillips is going to play and they need some more protection.”

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Carragher’s analysis of Liverpool is nearly always spot on and that’s the case again here.

We’re not talking about ripping up the blueprint here, or turning Liverpool into a reactive, defensive team.

It’s just being slightly more pragmatic, to give an inexperienced, makeshift central defensive pairing some more protection and therefore confidence.

And also shaking things up in attack, because at the moment Liverpool are trying the same things and getting the same results.

Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.