Klopp teases ‘magic’ formation change amid defensive crisis

Matt Stead
during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at London Stadium on May 14, 2017 in Stratford, England.

Liverpool could “do some magic things with the formation” to help a growing defensive crisis.

The Reds face Torino in their final pre-season game on Tuesday ahead of their Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday.

Klopp has confirmed that Ragnar Klavan will not feature, as well as Croatia’s World Cup star Dejan Lovren.

Joel Matip is also carrying his customary injury, meaning Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are the only two central defenders available to the German as the season draws near.

Klopp has a plan, of course.

“Joel, we’ll have to see. Klavan, shouldn’t be too serious, but if Tuesday is too early I don’t know yet,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“Maybe we will do some magic things with the formation on Tuesday. I don’t know how we will do it.

“Dejan didn’t train so far. He probably won’t play Tuesday and Sunday will be very difficult as well.

“The first two league games at least are in the ‘pre-season’ (for the World Cup players).”