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PremierLeague-News.Com - Liverpool have not scored a goal from open play since the turn of the year and Gary Neville put forward a solution to Jurgen Klopp
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Liverpool have been told to change their style of play by Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville - with Jurgen Klopp's tactics coming under scrutiny following a fourth successive Anfield defeat. "It's starting to get a little bit worrying in the sense we know they have got injuries, we know they have not got fans in the stadium, we know about Covid and there are a lot of games," Neville said. "But it's the same for everybody. It's the lack of change. A different idea. They just look beaten, almost like zombies on the pitch. Walking around thinking the same thing. "It's not for me to advise Liverpool or Jurgen Klopp what to do but playing a box to protect your centre-backs or maybe going to three at the back? We have seen other teams go to that system." Read More Related Articles Liverpool must turn to Mohamed Salah and Barcelona to get back to their previous best Read More Related Articles Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp's £18m transfer decision could hinge on Ben Davies test But there is a reason that it might feel like Klopp and Liverpool are consistently doing the same thing game after game, despite Burnley, Brighton and now Everton having seemingly found a way to beat them. "For me, the problem is that you don’t want to change for change’s sake," said Josh Williams on the Analysing Anfield podcast. "You have to know why you are changing something and the logic behind it. "I’ve gathered Liverpool’s numbers since Christmas, which is 11 games. They have scored nine goals, with 14 against, and that is obviously bad. "But then performance-wise, Liverpool are averaging about 15 shots per match, and 7.5 faced. Listen to the full Analysing Anfield podcast by clicking HERE "So whatever they are currently doing, they are taking double the number of shots than they facing. "If you look at the expected goals, Liverpool should have scored 8.4 more goals than they have and the opposition should have scored 1.9 goals less. "Even though it is dragging out, that will level out, especially with the quality of players Liverpool have, not least in attack. "That is coming as a product of whatever Liverpool are currently doing and the 4-3-3. "Neville was suggesting that Liverpool should move to a back-three. But if they do that, rather than just doing it for something different, you have to consider whether that is actually worth it.
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. "To fit in a third centre-back, like Rhys Williams, you might have to take out Curtis Jones, Thiago Alcantara, or Gini Wijnaldum, so to play an extra centre-back, you are lowering the quality of the XI, which does not make too much sense. "If you form a back three, you might have that extra man at the back to compensate errors, but the way Liverpool are shooting, maybe that drops from 15 shots per game to only 13. "Then, as a result of you moving to a back three just for 'something different', you are worse off. "That is why Klopp has kept with the 4-3-3, because he is looking at what Liverpool are doing match-to-match, and they are doing close to enough to get a win, but it’s not happening.
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"I’m not against change, but you have to be careful how you do it." Little adaptations would help Liverpool, then, but wholesale changes to their overall approach would only prove unhelpful. Klopp is not being stubborn with his tactics out of not noticing recent defeats, but because those defeats had positive signs, even if the results themselves don't show it. Adding in another player to alter the formation slightly will also become significantly easier upon the return to fitness of Diogo Jota. "Slight variations of a 4-3-3 ilke a 4-4-2 or a 4-2-3-1 might just keep the opposition guessing a little bit," added David Hughes. "Liverpool changed ever so slightly against Everton early in the second half and that was Liverpool’s best phase in the game - when Everton had to work it out between them. "It would not hurt Liverpool do keep teams guessing because that gives you the upper hand until the opposition work out what is going on."
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