Bournemouth – Liverpool: Salah Runs Riot As Klopp’s New Formation Leaves Bournemouth In Ruins (0-4)
Jürgen Klopp’s hybrid 4-2-3-1 formation was too much for Bournemouth all game long. Liverpool were the better team by a country mile, and this comfortable victory leaves Klopp with another possible formation to deploy against more defensive-minded Premier League teams.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
Going into this match, Bournemouth were seventh in the Premier League table. A fine position at a first glance, but having lost four of their last five Premier League matches, their recent form was terrible. On top of that, pivotal midfielder Lewis Cook ruptured his cruciate ligament this week, and is not expected to return this season.
Aiming to turn the tide, Bournemouth’s manager Eddie Howe fielded a 4-4-2 formation that was mostly drawn up to prevent Liverpool from creating chances. In absence of Cook, the double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. consisted of Jefferson Lerma and Andrew Surman, while strikers Ryan Fraser and Joshua King played in very close proximity to one another. Callum Wilson had to withdraw from the squad due to a hamstring injury.
Jürgen Klopp rotates a lot in Premier League fixtures. James Milner played right back, and a fully fit Trent Alexander-Arnold was placed on the bench, just like Sadio Mané and Jordan Henderson. Liverpool have been alternating between 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 formations this season. Against Bournemouth, their setup can best be described as a 4-2-2-2 shape, albeit a very dynamic . . .