How Liverpool lined up in Hertha loss & what lessons manager took away

It was a good first half for the Reds but not the best next 45 minutes as we fell 3-4 to Hertha BSC in the pre-season friendly.

Jurgen Klopp played 2 different teams as the lineups changed for both the halves – here is how the Reds lined up formation wise in both the halves.

Starting XI: Kelleher, Trent, Matip, Konate, Tsimikas; Keita, Milner, Elliott; Mane, Minamino, Salah

The Reds started off the game very well but went down 2-0 – Jurgen Klopp summed up the situation perfectly: “First goal, unnecessary free-kick, then a tricky situation, Caoimhin knows probably that he can come, stuff like this. Second goal, no challenge from Kostas, ball inside, then worldie!”

Tsimikas looked a little off his game but was able to help the team with a vital interception, and his pass then led to an easy goal for Mane.

It was Naby Keita who stood out in the first half as he was very active – a successful pressure led to the 2nd goal of the game.

Overall, Klopp continued with a 4-3-3 with the fullbacks bombarding forward. Minamino played as the ST but he was dropping deep at times and then got into good positions in the final third as he got a goal – still needs to work on the physical side of his game though!

Second-half XI: Adrian; Neco, Phillips, R Williams, Robertson; Morton, Jones, Clarkson; Gordon, Ox, Jota

Although only 6 changes were made during half-time, this is the team that was on the field when the game was tied 2-2. The 4-3-3 formation continued.

After the score became 3-2, Van Dijk and Gomez made their return to the field after 10 months out of action.

Klopp said of the second-half: “It’s like it always is but we have to get there again and it’s fine. Really good moments. We have to get much more compact in all situations as a formation.”

Jovetic scored a brace and Ox, who was playing as a false 9, got the last goal in for the team – Klopp added that once the ball movement becomes better and the team gets back to their fittest, more goals will come.

We didn’t notice any major tactical changes so it’s likely that this formation will continue for the next season.

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