How Jurgen Klopp must set Liverpool up to seal Champions League title – opinion

On paper, Liverpool appear to be overriding favourites for the Champions League final.

The Reds have world-class performers in a lot of positions, such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Fabinho, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson Becker.

If they play to the level we know they’re capable of, it could be a long, long evening for Tottenham.

However, football isn’t played on paper.

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Mauricio Pochettino has one of the smartest footballing minds in the industry, and he will definitely set his side up to combat Liverpool’s obvious strengths.

So, what can Jurgen Klopp instruct his players to do in order for them to be the ones lifting the trophy inside the Wanda Metropolitano?

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The image above shows how Klopp can set his side up to successfully secure the club’s sixth European Cup.

Firstly, as we all know already, Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold bombing up and down the wing is a crucial feature of Klopp’s system – the pair have a whopping 29 assists between them this season.

Whilst they go off on their ventures forward, Fabinho’s job will be to cover the gaps they leave so the likes of Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura don’t exploit them with their pace.

After a chat with Klopp about wanting to be played in his favoured position at No.8, Jordan Henderson has starred in the role during the second half of the campaign and will be looking to get in advanced positions again in Madrid – as the arrow indicates.

When the midfielder vacates his position in the middle of the park, James Milner must use his experience and energy to fill the gaps, making sure that Christian Eriksen is not allowed to dictate play; something we all know the Dane is capable of doing.

Ahead of them, Roberto Firmino will probably be starting deep in a false 9 role like he so often does.

This is crucial to how much joy Salah and Mane will get against Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose, two players who occupy what are arguably Spurs’ weakest areas.

Firmino playing that deep should draw one of Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld towards him, which leaves the inside forwards – Mane and Salah – a free run inside against just a single centre-back if they can successfully come inside their full-back.

Play like this, and Spurs won’t be able to handle Liverpool.

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