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Jurgen Klopp hints at Liverpool system change after Crystal Palace comeback


Liverpool faced off with Crystal Palace in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off.

The Reds were expected to dominate an out-of-form Eagles side but went 1-0 down after 57 minutes before eventually coming back to win 2-1 and secure top spot in the Premier League. Liverpool are now 3/1 to win the Premier League with bet365.

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Jurgen Klopp on Liverpool system change

After struggling on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp changed his side’s system in a bid to turn the tide, with Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing into midfield at half-time, before switching to a 4-2-3-1 with Mohamed Salah upfront and Harvey Elliott just behind him.

Now, speaking post-Palace, with Liverpool currently without a number of first-team stars through injury as they head towards a frantic festive period, Klopp hinted he could continue to keep switching systems to suit the players he has available:

“You need a squad to make a difference, and now we have the quality again,” he told reporters after the final whistle. “If he wouldn’t have been injured, we’d have had Diogo Jota today which would have been super helpful.

“The boys have quality. That’s why they show it. It’s more the mindset. The bad thing about the amount of games we play is that it’s really tiring. The good thing is they all can play and have to play.

“It means we can make the moves we had to today. The players changed but we changed system, and I don’t want any praise for that as that’s the job to do, but that helped as well.

“In the end, we played with Mo up front and Harvey 10, with Gakpo right, and Lucho left and then coming inside. We tried everything and in the end it worked out. It was up to the players to take these little helping hands we can give. We just played better.

“You can say it was against 10 men, but we played quite frequently with 10 men this season and it was difficult to create against us. I know how difficult it is. People will say it made a difference, but we just played really good. It makes no sense to think if we have a perfect system. We just have to work with the players we have physically available. We can play different systems without a doubt.”

Liverpool’s next Premier League outing comes vs Manchester United on Sunday, December 17.

Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.