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Neville identifies tactical switch to spark Liverpool “zombies” back into life

Gary Neville has suggested Liverpool switch to a back three as they bid to resurrect their ailing season.

The Reds slumped to a fourth successive Premier League defeat on Saturday at the hands of Merseyside rivals Everton.

Jurgen Klopp’s men are now five points adrift of the top four after the Toffees ran out 2-0 winners at Anfield.

Liverpool’s injury woes also worsened with skipper and makeshift centre-back Jordan Henderson limping off in the first half.

And Neville believes a tactical switch could be the way forward to stop the Reds’ “zombies” from missing out on a spot at Europe’s top table.

Klopp saw his side lose at home to Everton on Saturday

“It’s starting to get a little bit worrying in the sense we know they have got injuries, we know they have not got fans in the stadium, we know about Covid and there a lot of games, but it’s the same for everybody,” he said on Sky Sports’ The Gary Neville podcast.

“But it’s the lack of change. A different idea. They just look beaten, almost like zombies on the pitch. Walking around thinking the same thing.

“Maybe it needs something different from Klopp? He has been quite simply unchallengeable and still is at Liverpool but even he might be thinking now: “do I have to do something different?”

“It’s not for me to advise Liverpool or Klopp what to do but playing a box to protect your centre-backs or maybe going to three at the back. We have seen other teams go to that system.

“But it looks to me they need a new idea just to give them a spark or it could be a really depressing season for them where they do not qualify for the Champions League, although I still think they will.

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It’s been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.

Virgil van Dijk’s season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson’s injury worries too.

But there’s no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.

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“It is a bit more of a worry than it was two or three weeks ago if you are a Liverpool fan.”

Liverpool are a mammoth 19 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City after cruising to a first Premier League title last season.

But Neville believes a summer reset could see Klopp’s side challenging again next term.

“There is a chance of reset in the summer as that fourth year is always a challenge,” he added.

“Man City needed that year off last year when Liverpool won the league comfortably and maybe this is what it is for Liverpool.

“With fans returning, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez returning it means they will be more confident over the summer but at the moment it’s desperate for them.

“I have not seen any change or a difference in what Liverpool do. Everton picked the right moment and if they were not going to show belief in that game then they never were.

“It was a brilliant moment for Everton. They look like they have more belief under Carlo Ancelotti in big matches. It should give the players confidence that they could have their best season for quite a while.”




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