Jurgen Klopp said Thomas Tuchel has been learning about his squad by making a lot of team changes, but the Liverpool manager also noticed a few “fixed points” at Chelsea.
Last month, Tuchel made it clear that performances during games is how he judges his players.
After all, he did not have many opportunities to really evaluate his squad during training sessions.
This led to a lot of team changes, sometimes even surprising selection, as he experiments with his options.
Klopp noticed this. But the former Borussia Dortmund also said there are a few players that have cemented their places in Tuchel’s system, particularly in midfield.
“He [Tuchel] has used time to get immediate results but also to get more knowledge about the squad,” Klopp said in his pre-match press conference on Wednesday (via Liverpool’s official YouTube channel).
“He has really changed a lot [in terms of team selection] I think.
“Pretty much all three left-backs played; Emerson played, [Marcos] Alonso played, [Ben] Chilwell played.
“Centre-backs maybe didn’t change a lot, but up front, he has a lot of options and he has tried them all.
“Just Mason Mount, [Mateo] Kovacic, Jorginho [who are] like the fixed points — but in the other positions he changed a lot to get information [he] needs about the squad.
“I think now they’ll step further and we will face them. It will be interesting.”
Obviously, Tuchel will often adapt and tweak his line-up to the opposition, like how he specifically deployed N’Golo Kante to shut down Bruno Fendandes in Manchester United draw on Sunday.
But it is safe to say that Tuchel has already had his preferred back-three and midfield combinations — and they are all experienced players.
It is easy to see why Tuchel wants to have these senior players as the spine of his team — and so far, the unbeaten run suggests it works well.