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Klopp admits Liverpool must be more “tactically flexible” next season

Date Posted,July 2, 2017

Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool must become more “tactically flexible” next season.

The Reds will return to pre-season this week after securing their return to the Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp had success with a 4-3-3 system last term but admits his players must adapt when they come up against Europe’s elite, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Asked about his pre-season aims, Klopp said: “Tactically wise, getting more flexible – depending who is there and when – and introducing different systems.

“(In 2015-16) we played most of the time kind of 4-2-3-1, (in 2016-17) most of the time 4-3-3 or 4-5-1. In our opinion it fitted best to the players we had.

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp (Photo: SilverHub/REX/Shutterstock)
Liverpool will be back in the Champions League next term (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

“I’m not sure which way we have to play next year, there will be a few different ones. And we’ll prepare for European football also so we need a bigger squad of course.

“We’ll be good. I’m looking forward to it.”

Liverpool face eight pre-season friendlies – starting at Tranmere Rovers a week on Wednesday.

With some of Klopp’s senior professionals reporting back later due to their international commitments, there will be opportunities for the club’s youngsters to force their way into his plans for the campaign ahead.

“Usually you always want to take the next step from one year to the next year,” Klopp told

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“You have to see how things fit and when the new players are in.

Young players are one year older, that doesn’t make the biggest difference but being one year longer involved in the first team.

“They can make big steps because they are a little bit settled in a good way.

“They feel not as excited anymore about each day in training, thinking ‘Oh my god, that’s Adam Lallana next to me’ and things like this. That can be a big difference.

“You have to probably make one or two steps back to then make five or six steps in the right direction. They are the same objectives.”

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