Duo miss out as Klopp makes 2 changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Watford
Liverpool take on Watford at Anfield on Wednesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select for the game:
Liverpool will be looking to cement their position at the top of the table with a win over Watford at Anfield on Wednesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Goalkeeper: Alisson continued to enhance his reputation with another impressive outing against Man Utd on Sunday so no doubt the South American will keep his place between the sticks tomorrow night.
Defence: Liverpool are expected to make a change in defence with Trent Alexander-Arnold pushing for a recall after being named on the bench at Old Trafford. James Milner is the man set to make way after a stint at right-back against United.
Andrew Robertson is expected to be fit and available for selection despite suffering an arm injury at the weekend so he’ll continue at left-back but Dejan Lovren has been ruled out once again with a hamstring injury. Joe Gomez is also still on the sidelines as he’s recovering from a fractured leg so Joel Matip should continue alongside Virgil van Dijk in the middle of the back four.
Midfield: With Alexander-Arnold returning at right-back it will free Milner to move in to midfield and Jordan Henderson could be the man to make way following his run-in with Klopp after being substituted against Man Utd.
Liverpool will hand a late fitness test to Naby Keita after he went down with illness on Monday and I don’t think Klopp will rush the Guinea international back against Watford if he’s not 100% fit. Therefore, Georginio Wijnaldum should continue in midfield while Fabinho is likely to keep his place in the holding role.
Attack: Roberto Firmino is a major doubt after limping off with an ankle injury during the first half at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon. Klopp reported at his press conference this afternoon that the injury isn’t as bad as first feared and he refused to rule Firmino out of tomorrow’s game. However, it seems unlikely the Reds will rush him back so I don’t expect to see Firmino starting against Watford.
Daniel Sturridge came on for the Brazilian international during Liverpool’s draw with United so he’ll be hoping to make a rare start tomorrow night but I think Mohamed Salah may be moved in to the central role.
Xherdan Shaqiri would then be recalled to start in attack alongside Sadio Mane and Salah with Sturridge having to make-do with a place on the bench alongside the likes of Divock Origi and Adam Lallana.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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