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Liverpool have generally stuck with the now-preferred 4-3-3, although Klopp will still use a 4-2-3-1 at times, especially if the full backs require greater cover. The general pattern is that the midfield three stay compact and narrow, ball-winning rather than playing too progressively – width comes from the full backs, while the forward line also stay fairly narrow with Roberto Firmino dropping off to create space and passing opportunities to the wide forwards.

This is the formation and system most associated with Liverpool and stylistically, this is usually backed by a concerted press. Klopp has long been a proponent of pressing and counter-pressing, the concerted effort by a team to close down space to win the ball back, especially immediately after losing possession, in order to exploit the position and state of the opposition side.

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