The Real Madrid will face the Liverpool in for the Quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League, in one of the most interesting qualifying rounds of the current edition of the most important club competition in Europe. An important duel because it may be the only title that both teams can win this season.
The set of Jürgen Klopp He is experiencing a difficult season due to injuries and the multiple problems of collective functioning that he has had due to the relocation of the pieces to line up the best possible team in each game. But despite still having many problems in the first section, Liverpool have found individual and collective solutions to their problems.
Liverpool go into the first leg at the Alfredo di Stefano stadium with three consecutive victories and after overwhelmingly eliminating RB Leipzig in the knockout stages of the Champions League.
It’s time to put the magnifying glass on the current Premier League champion and one of the best teams in Europe until proven otherwise.
This is how Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool plays
-Tactical system: Liverpool uses a 4-3-3 as their main tactical system and that has not changed despite the multiple casualties that the team has had. But, as a variant to different game situations, Klopp has opted for a 4-2-3-1 with the incorporation of Diogo Jota next to the offensive trident made up of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané. This variant has worked for the German coach to face a team that retreats with a line of five in the background.
-The consolidation of Kabak and Phillips: Liverpool have found their center-back partner for the end of the season. The losses of his main centrals (Virgil Van Djik, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez) generated many problems for Klopp but the arrival of Ozan Kabak and the consecration of Nathaniel Phillips They have brought safety to Anfield Road. They are not the best centrals but they have worked in the best way in this last period.
-The height of the sides: Unlike last season, Trent Alexander Arnold y Andrew Robertson has a more delayed starting point as Klopp has lost Van Djik to get the ball from the bottom. Both full-backs are located at a more delayed height (more Trent than Andrew) to help in the beginning of the play and have a more solid structure in the face of the loss, taking into account that the loss of the Dutchman has robbed Liverpool of the ability to dominate defending in the open field.
-Fabinho as mediocentro: The expected return. After the Brazilian played a good part of the season as a center-back, he has returned to his main position at Liverpool (midfielder) and has added that security to the structure that he had lost so much. Fabinho He is a corrector by nature, so with a more advanced position he helps the central defenders when it comes to defending and facilitates the attackers’ work when pressing. If the ball passed, he gets to solve the situation.
-Thiago Alcántara imposing his game: The Spanish is imposing his game more and more. He did not start his time at Anfield Road in the best way but the talent of Thiago, plus Klopp’s aid from the blackboard, have been imposed on the negative dynamics. The team is more and more theirs and it shows: Liverpool plays increasingly short, they like to build a little more slowly from the bottom and always look for Thiago to intervene to organize the play in the best way.
-False y Mané: The forwards who start from the band. Mohamed Salah y Sadio Mané They are two forwards who, despite stepping on the band for a long time and looking for the 1vs1 duel, end the plays inside the area with those diagonal movements that do so much damage in the interval between the central-lateral rival. They are not extremes of the style of Gnabry, Vinícius, Mahrez, Sancho and Dembélé, they are strikers who aggressively seek the area to leave the band to the wings and occupy the space left by Roberto Firmino to combine in the midfield.
-The only duda: Firmino o Diogo Jota: The only doubt that may exist in the starting eleven, taking into account the casualties, is who will be the starting striker. Roberto Firmino starts as a favorite due to what he contributes to the structure but Diogo Jota is a piece that contributes much more spice when it comes to attacking the area (he has much more goal). According to information from various English media, the Brazilian will be the starter and the Portuguese will be the first variant to try to change the game if Liverpool have many problems.