Jürgen Klopp favours simplicity when deciding on the right formation for his Liverpool team.
A 4-2-3-1 system has been deployed by the Reds boss on several occasions so far this season, though he explained that particular set-up is not a new thing under his management.
Asked about his use of the 4-2-3-1 formation, Klopp said: “We played it from time to time, we didn’t only play it at the beginning when I came in.
We played it last year, I think we played it in the last game. We played different systems. But I don’t think too much about things like that, I’m always in the situation. I use my experience with only what I can remember – I don’t go through my papers and think, ‘What did we do in that situation?’
I’m pretty sure we played a diamond because I played it always when I had the opportunity to do it, bringing in two strikers and stuff like that.
Our system, when we play with all three up front, is something like a diamond; it can be a 4-5-1, it can be a 4-3-3. Of course, 4-2-3-1 – 4-4-1-1 I’d prefer in most situations to name it – is a good system.
“But it’s never about the system, it’s all about the players. My job is to bring the players into the best position where they can help the team most with the things they can do. If I can do it with the system, I do it, but it’s not that we go through the week and be very creative with things like that because, in the end, the players need to play on instinct.
If I need an hour or two to explain what I want from them, maybe I have got them [in the mind] but I don’t get them deeper. That’s the problem.
Don’t make football more complicated than it is; the game has enough demands for the players that we don’t need a manager who asks more questions.”
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