4-3-3: Klopp To Rest Key Men For Madrid Clash? | Expected Liverpool XI vs Brighton

By on May 11, 2018

Liverpool will need a point to secure qualification to the Champions League next season when they welcome Brighton to Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Here is the side I think Jurgen Klopp will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Loris Karius is the established number one at Anfield now and I think he’ll keep his place ahead of Simon Mignolet this weekend.

Defence: I don’t think we’ll see Klopp taking too many chances at the back as a clean sheet will guarantee a top four finish but we should see Trent Alexander-Arnold reverting to right-back following his stint in midfield against Chelsea.

Nathaniel Clyne will be the man to make way but otherwise I think we’ll see the same back four with Virgil van Dijk, Dejan Lovren and Andrew Robertson lining-up.

Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno will be options from the bench but Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are out with long-term injuries.

Midfield: Klopp has very few options to rotate in midfield as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Emre Can are still unavailable for selection due to long-term injuries.

Adam Lallana is expected to be back in the squad after returning to full training following a hamstring injury but he’s probably not fit enough to start so a run-out from the bench is the best he can hope for.

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Jordan Henderson was left out against Chelsea but we should see him recalled to join James Milner and Georgino Wijnaldum in the middle of the park.

Attack: The Reds front three were frustrated against Chelsea last weekend so they’ll be hoping to find their shooting boots on Sunday to send them in to the Real Madrid game full of confidence.

There are some fans who think Klopp should be resting his key players ahead of the Champions League final but it’s two weeks away so there is plenty of time for them to recover before facing Madrid.

Therefore, I think we’ll see Roberto Firmino leading the line with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in support meaning Danny Ings and Dominic Solake will settle for places on the bench.

Here is how we think Liverpool will line up:

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