By Simon Jenkins, Football WriterLiverpool have made it through the first two games of the Premier League season without conceding a goal in their opening two matches of the season.
However, after Saturday’s 1-0 victory at Tottenham, it appears that Liverpool are now going to have to rely on a different type of tactics to the one that led them to their first four league wins in the league.
It is an evolution from the 4-2-3-1 that has been their trademark since joining the Premier Football League in 2013.
This season, the Reds have played with a 3-4-3 formation that was used during the opening two games by a side that had the league’s lowest goal difference at -26.3.
It has been a switch away from the 2-3 or 3-5-2 formation that has dominated the league in recent seasons and is one of the reasons why the Reds won the league last season.
While Liverpool have been playing a 4-3 system this season, they have also been playing in a 4, with Luis Suarez playing in the centre of midfield and Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling also occupying central midfield positions.
This has seen Liverpool concede only one goal in the two matches they have played.
After losing 1-1 with Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday, Liverpool went back to their 4-4/4-2 system, with Coutinho occupying the centre midfield position and Salah and Sturridge playing in wide positions.
In the first half, Liverpool conceded two goals to Tottenham but managed to equalise with a goal from Sturridge in the 53rd minute.
With Liverpool’s attack now relying on Coutinho to score, the centre midfielder was given more freedom to run in behind and take advantage of the space available on the flanks.
In addition to Coutinho and Suarez, there was also another attacking threat from Daniel Sturber, with the German scoring his fourth goal of the year in the 81st minute.
This is the second time in two games that Sturridge has scored a hat-trick for Liverpool.
On August 15, he scored in the 2,0-1 victory over Tottenham.
Liverpool’s other goals came from the wingers, with Salah scoring the opening goal and Coutinho assisting on the second.
The Reds have also conceded only three goals in the four matches they played against Swansea City, Newcastle United and Southampton.
Their goalscoring record in the Premier Leagues has been the best in the top-flight this season and the Reds’ attacking talent has been on display again in the recent past.