“We wanted to have Bobby in between the lines and still offensive wings” — Klopp explains tactical switch against Sheffield

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 28: Jurgen Klopp the head coach / manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Sheffield United and Liverpool FC at Bramall Lane on September 28, 2019 in Sheffield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Liverpool boss has provided analysis for his tactical change against newly promoted Sheffield United on Saturday, a game which saw them stretch their winning run to seven consecutive games this season and sixteen in total since a goalless draw against Everton last season.

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The Reds entered went into the fixture as clear favorites but were frustrated from the beginning of the game by a solidly structured Sheffield defensive line and only took a Georginio Wijnaldum shot to give the Reds three points with their first shot on goal in a fierce battle at Bramall Lane.
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Having introduced Divock Origi six minutes before the goal, klopp told Liverpoolfc.com: “We changed before the goal and maybe that was lucky as well. Div was involved in the goal. We wanted to have it there, we needed to have players in between the lines.

“The midfielders didn’t get that there really, so Gini and Hendo didn’t come in the No.10 position next to Bobby.

“So, it was too often that we just passed to the full-back and the positioning in the box wasn’t right for a cross.

“We wanted to have Bobby in between the lines and still offensive wings, so that’s what we did with Div, Mo in the centre.

“That’s how we scored the goal, not exactly with all involved, but in a situation like that, so all good.”

He added: “Winning a game is always satisfying, I don’t want to compare them – they’re all good.

“We won a couple of games in a row and coming here it probably looked for a lot of people like a banana skin after 20, 25 minutes. But we stayed in the game, stayed concentrated and won it. All good.”
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Liverpool plays host to Salzburg on wednesday in the UEFA champions league after a defeat against Napoli in their opener.

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