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09-Nov-2020, 05:06 pm

Klopp pleased with Liverpool's four-star attack and will play formation again after Manchester City draw

Mohamed Salah Diogo Jota Roberto Firmino Sadio Mane

Jurgen Klopp said he was pleased with Liverpool's four-star attack against Manchester City and will experiment with the formation again as the season progresses.

A Mohamed Salah penalty gave the visitors a 13th-minutelead after Sadio Mane was brought down in the box, but Gabriel Jesus hit a fine equaliser onthe half-hour markafter being set up by Kevin de Bruyne.

City were awarded a spot-kick of their own before the interval when Joe Gomez was penalised for a handball, howeverDe Bruyne missed the chance to put the hosts in front as he fired wide from 12 yards.

The second half was a less open affair as both teams seemed reluctant to risk a valuable point, with Liverpool ultimately dropping to third in the table after the draw while City slipped to tenth.

Klopp had been tipped to drop Roberto Firmino in favour of Diogo Jota for the trip to Manchester after seeing the Portuguesenet a hat-trick in the5-0 Champions League win at Atalanta last Tuesday, but he ultimately decided to start with both men in an attack-minded line up alongside Salah and Mane.

The 4-4-2 system certainly seemed to give the Reds a boost in the final third against City, particularlyduring the first 30 minutes of the contest, and the German head coach says he will consider naming the same starting line XI in certain games.

“When you can do it against City then you can do it against other teams as well,” Klopp told hispost-match press conference. “It will not be our new, all-the-time formation, but there are moments when we might use it. That’s very helpful for us.

"Usually people know which system we play, that’s now water under the bridge. From now on we can play three or four different systems, which is good, and it worked really well.

"We wanted to use the skills and the power of the four up front in specific moments to cause City problems, that’s one thing.

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