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Jürgen Klopp has already indicated how Liverpool may be repaired following the failure of the Thiago experiment.

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Jürgen Klopp has already indicated how Liverpool may be repaired following the failure of the Thiago experiment.

In his press conference ahead of Wolves, Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was frank and honest. However, achieving the reforms he desires will necessitate some severe measures.

Liverpool is now not functioning as Jürgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders intended. Everyone, including those at Anfield, understands this.

The weekend formation change, in which Thiago Alcântara was deployed as a number 10 in a 4-2-3-1 system, did not go as intended – in fact, it contributed to them performing significantly worse. It had been abandoned by halftime.

It’s evident that things aren’t working, but what about how they get fixed? Although confidence cannot be rebuilt overnight, Liverpool should examine tactical changes that may be implemented quickly. Klopp could be planning it already.

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“First and foremost, we must be compact,” Klopp remarked at his pre-Wolves press conference. “We must return to the fundamentals. We must be more compact now, not just later. All football success begins with strong defense.”

With the present players, there is only one possibility. Klopp has to shake things up in the absence of new players, which are unlikely to arrive this month.

This should entail making the squad operate in a much more defensive manner, counter-attacking and utilizing the speed of Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, and, when Darwin eligible returns from a minor  injury Having bodies behind the ball is the only way to win points with the current players in their current state, rather than trying and failing to press, being played through, and then having acres of space for opponents to exploit.

That could have stopped the game from being finished by the hour mark against Brighton at the weekend. Against most sides, being goalless at that stage would be no trouble.

It would necessitate a fundamental shift in mentality, but we have reached a point where something extreme is required, even if Klopp is opposed to the concept.

It clearly does not fit with his long-term vision, but neither does finishing outside the top four and missing out on the Champions League at the very least for a season, and maybe not signing Jude Bellingham.

Liverpool can only improve by making more severe changes than they have in the past. If Klopp wants his squad to be more compact, as he claims, the only solution is to adjust the system and attitude to avoid trying to press high with a team that has lost its intensity.

Jürgen Klopp has already indicated how Liverpool may be repaired following the failure of the Thiago experiment.

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