4-3-3: Klopp To Make 1 Key Change | Expected Liverpool Line-Up vs Man City

By on October 5, 2018

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Liverpool will be looking to make a statement of intent when they entertain Premier League champions Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:

Goalkeeper: Alisson kept Liverpool in the game for long periods against Napoli in midweek and the Brazilian international is certain to keep his place in goal on Sunday with Simon Mignolet once again named on the bench.

Defence: Liverpool have faced a gruelling run of fixtures in recent weeks but Klopp is unlikely to make any changes to what has become his preferred back four this season.

Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are pushing for recalls but I think Joe Gomez will continue alongside Virgil van Dijk in the middle of defence while Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson should also keep their places ahead of Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno in the full-back positions.

Midfield: However, we’re likely to see one change in the middle of the park as Naby Keita is a doubt with a back injury after the Guinean international was forced off during the defeat to Napoli on Wednesday night.

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Klopp hasn’t ruled Keita out entirely and a late decision will be made over his involvement against City but I think we’ll see Jordan Henderson coming in on Sunday. Some fans are keen to see more dynamism in midfield but Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to keep his place ahead of Fabinho while James Milner should also retain his spot in the middle of the park.

Adam Lallana is back in full training after recovering from a groin injury that’s hampered him for over a month but a place on the bench is the best he can realistically hope for on Sunday.

Attack: The Liverpool front three were uncharacteristically poor in Naples on Wednesday night but Klopp would still be a brave man to drop any of his front-men against City this weekend.

Mohamed Salah may have failed to hit the heights of last season so far this campaign but he’s still capable of brilliance so I fully expect him to keep his place along with Sadio Mane in attack meaning Xhedran Shaqiri will have to make do with a place on the bench.

Daniel Sturridge will be hoping for a recall having scored some important goals over the past three games but I still think Klopp will stick with Roberto Firmino up front on Sunday.

Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:

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