Klopp says Liverpool could beat Guardiola in own game if they tweak Man City tactics

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If you can’t beat them, join them. Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp may have thought so when he adopted a similar approach to the Premier League’s top two sides in the last 10 games of last season.

Liverpool struggled all season but rebounded in the closing minutes after Klopp decided to push one of his full-backs, Trent Alexander-Arnold, into the mid-box on possessions. Just like what Pep Guardiola and Mikel Arteta did at Manchester City and Arsenal.

At City, Guardiola instructed John Stones to join Rodri in midfield when his team had the ball, but this was counterbalanced by opposing full-back Nathan Ake.

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Ake nominally played on the left side of the back four, but in practice he had limited rights to move forward, as evidenced by just 12.3 touches in the attacking third per 90 minutes. was a third center back.

Even as the Stones pushed through midfield, the Dutchman remained deep and ready to block any counter-attack. In effect, it was a safety net.

Meanwhile, Arteta imitated former manager Guardiola by placing former City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko on the left flank of midfield.

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