Jurgen Klopp’s tactical move: Luis Diaz as Left-Back
Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has explained why he chose to play Luis Diaz in an unusual left-back position against Everton. After a late brace from Mohamed Salah, the Reds earned an important three points in a match that demanded patience and strategy.
Klopp’s tactical decision in the second half was to move Diaz to the left wing-back position, a change from his regular attacking role. The manager stated that the intention was to unlock Diaz’s attacking brilliance from a deeper position on the field.
“We brought on another offensive player and how you can do that without taking one off? You have to change a little bit. So we put Lucho in the left-back position,” Klopp stated.
“They didn’t have a winger really there, so we thought it was possible to let him attack there.
“And he crossed the ball for the penalty, so it was not the worst idea we ever had.”
Following the arrival of Darwin Nunez, Klopp was able to keep both Diogo Jota and Salah on the field due to Diaz’s switch to left-back. While this is not Diaz’s usual position, it was effective in breaking down a tough Everton team in the second half.
Although Diaz’s penalty attempt was unsuccessful, Klopp’s tactical flexibility ultimately enabled Liverpool’s victory in a difficult match.
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