Jamie Carragher has questioned Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool line-up ahead of their clash with rivals Manchester City.
The German has opted to start with four forwards in the form of Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.
Jota's hat-trick in midweek saw calls for him to replace Firmino in what is usually a front three.
But he has chosen to start them both which leaves just a two-man midfield of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Carragher though is surprised that Klopp has reverted away from a proven formation for such a massive game.
“Yes I am, slightly (surprised)," he said on Sky Sports.
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“ Liverpool, notoriously under Jurgen Klopp, have been a 4-3-3 team, very rarely moved away from that.
“To do that at what he’s calling the most difficult place in world football to go is a slight shock.
“But maybe in the back of his mind he’s looking at his record and Liverpool’s record here when they’ve come with that 4-3-3 and thought, ‘you know what, why not go for it?’
“City’s weakness is at the back, and just play the players that are in form.
“Roberto Firmino, for me, was always going to start this game as this is one of the few games this season where Liverpool will go for long periods without the ball.
“You want players in the team who can win the ball back and that is the big strength of Roberto Firmino.”
Klopp has won once at the Etihad in the Premier League and that was back in 2015.
His Liverpool team can return to the summit with a win in Manchester and he has backed his team to be "brave".
“I thought it made sense, so that’s it," said the German when quizzed on his line-up.
“We had a couple of days to recover, couple of days to train, couple of days to prepare and that’s the line-up we decided to go for.
“I wanted the quality on the pitch in the different areas and stuff like this.
“I always say if we want to get something here we have to be really brave.
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