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Manchester United vs Liverpool: 3 tactics Jurgen Klopp could employ to beat Manchester United, Premier League 2018-19

Suman Dey
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2.17K   //    22 Feb 2019, 14:02 IST

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp

At the start of the 2018-19 campaign, Manchester City was the bookmakers favorite to be crowned the Premier League Champions with Liverpool being their closest challengers. The season started the way as everyone expected with City maintaining the top spot in the league until a sudden collapse in December saw the Reds ending the Christmas period as table toppers and four points ahead of Man City in the second place.

However, Jurgen Klopp's side failed to capitalize on that lead and drew some fixtures on the road to go level on points with City having played a game less. As Pep Guardiola prepares his team for the Carabao Cup final against Chelsea, Jurgen Klopp would be involved in the most anticipated fixture of the Premier League at Old Trafford. 

Two months prior when these two sides met, it was somewhat walk in the park for the Reds as they humbled United 3-1 at Anfield. Since then, fortunes have turned around at the Theatre of Dreams as the Red Devils look to maintain their unbeaten run in the Premier League under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The confidence is high and so are the performances of the some the best players. 

Jurgen Klopp would be wary United this time around and should set up his side accordingly to nullify the threat the home side could pose. United have a couple of game changers in their ranks, and Klopp needs to stop them from playing their usual way. Here are the three tactical changes that the Liverpool manager must employ to ensure a positive result against United.


#3 Isolate Matic and Herrera in the midfield

Matic and Herrera is the pillar in the midfield.
Matic and Herrera is the pillar in the midfield.

One of the reasons why Solskjaer has been successful for United so far is the work ethic of Matic and Herrera in the centre of the park. The Serbian sits in front of the defence and thwarts any threats that the opposition could cause from the counter-attack.

On the other hand, Herrera's liveliness and leadership have ensured proper understanding between the two central midfielders and maintain a rhythm in the team's play. The Spaniard is a threat at the opposition box as well as seen against Chelsea in the FA Cup.

Jurgen Klopp needs to ensure his team plays quick passing football in front of the United backline and disrupt the balance that the two holding midfielders give to this United side. Thomas Tuchel isolated Matic which left Herrera clueless as whom to mark and whom to let go. Klopp should do the same and force United to stay back in their half. 

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