With the February transfer update out, I was dying to start a new Liverpool save with a tactic that better reflected what I think I'm seeing when I watch Klopp's tactics.
Note, I started this with what I thought I was seeing, and adjusted to get better results. It's a little odd shaped, but I think it makes sense.
Here's the tactic:
Nobody embodies a DF quite like Bobby Firmino. Hard working, can score, but a selfless passer and relentless on the press.
I struggled with the role for Salah, but I think I'm settled on AF. You can try IF for yourself, but I found I got more of the long through balls to put pressure on the back line with the AF role.
Mane is played a bit closer to midfield than Salah, again, the role is a struggle, but I've gotten the best results with him as a Winger, rather than the suggested IF, or even the more accurate AP role based on how he's been playing lately.
The Midfield 3 looks really weird, but let me explain. Based on what I'm seeing, you've got one man (Ox, Lallana, Gini) playing more advanced, but willing to track back if needed, one guy patrolling the middle (Can, Milner, Gini, or in this save, Goretzka, since I got outbid on Keita) and assisting in both attack and defense, and one guy playing deeper (Hendo, Can) where he can help play the ball out of the back.
The roles reflect the discipline that is being required due to the freedom given the front 3. I found that AP/BWM or BBM/DLP leaked goals, and failed to maintain possession even against lesser opponents. AM/CM/DM staggered and offset gives coverage to each level, and makes sure that the heroes are the guys up front.
Wing Backs bombing forward is an obvious choice, as is BPD, and given Karius' penchant for coming out, SK is the choice.
Attacking is the choice, although I will often switch to Control once I have a lead.
Wide because we want space to be creative and get good coverage all over the pitch. Expressive because I refuse to stifle Bobby, Sadio and the Egyptian God.
EDIT: I'm experimenting with Disciplined, to some pretty good results, you might give it a try.
Defense feels obvious, although sometimes the Offside Trap can be problematic if the wrong tactic is used by the opponent.
I felt that Through Balls was a must for this tactic, as well as Overlap, which meant finding the right setting for our middle option. I feel like I've gotten the best results with Work Into Box, but I've tried SoS and none as well. Your mileage may vary. Short passing for possession, Short GK Dist so we get those line-breaking Van Dijk passes.
Here's my last 3 games (the only one's I have recorded so far with this EXACT tactic, personnel rotated a bit in the midfield and defense):
Still early in the season, so there's some more time for IT to work, but I like the results so far. Hopefully we'll get a little better at finishing our chances.
Please let me know how this works for you. You'll Never Test Your Tactic Alone!