Liverpool’s tactical analysis ahead of Europa clash with Rubin Kazan


Klopp’s first game in charge for Liverpool ended as a draw away to Spurs.It was a decent and solid point.
Klopp started with 4-3-2-1 formation in the weekend with centre back pair of Skrtel and Sakho and fullbacks Moreno and Clyne. Lucas was deployed just in front of the back four with Milner and Can just ahead of him in the three man midfield. Coutinho and Lallana were there as attacking midfielders. With injuries to Ings and Benteke and with Sturridge picking up a knock, Origi was given his first Premier League start.
Now the focus shifts to home game against Rubin Kazan in the Europa league. The competition which Klopp would dearly want to win this season as they are way behind in title race for Premier league and fourth spot also looking doubtful with this squad.
So we should expect Klopp not to make many changes for the Thursday’s game. The formation will most probably be the same as it was on Saturday. Klopp may well tempt to give Lovren a chance in place of Skrtel and see how the pairing of Lovren and Sakho goes. Fullbacks should be the same with Moreno on the left and Clyne on the right. Brendan Rodgers used to give both Allen and Rossister a chance in the midfield but Klopp may well play anyone of them and not both.
Lucas may be benched for this game and Allen may come in place of him in the defensive midfield role. Mean while Ibe should start ahead of Lallana. Origi will be leading the line as Klopp continues not to risk with Sturridge as he recovers from a minor knee injury. So for this game we will not see many notable changes and we should see more or less same formation.
Now, Liverpool ran 116 kms in the game against Spurs, the most by them in this season. They started well against Spurs with a high tempo full throttle football which surprised Spurs a bit but that game faded as half moved on and Liverpool looked increasingly tired as match went deep into the second half. So it will be interesting to see how they come up for the midweek game. All eyes will also be on whether Bodgan will be given a chance or Mignolet continues between the sticks.
Mignolet though, was instrumental in getting a point against Spurs, so Klopp may well continue with him and not change anything there. He will also be hoping that Origi improves his finishing in front of goal.
So lots of things to ponder for Klopp as Europa league is the competition that Klopp would want to win this season. Expect a maximum of two changes for this game with Allen replacing Lucas and Ibe replacing Lallana, the team will stick to more or less the same formation.

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