4-3-3: Klopp to make 2 key changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Burnley
Liverpool take on Burnley at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select for the big game
Liverpool will be looking to keep the pressure on Manchester City at the top of the table with a win over Burnley at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Goalkeeper: Alisson has kept a clean sheet in each of his last five games in all competitions and there is little doubt the South American will keep his place between the sticks on Sunday.
Defence: Liverpool will make a late check on Dejan Lovren after the centre-back made a return to full training following two months on the sidelines with a hamstring injury. However, Klopp hinted at his press conference today that the Burnley game would probably come too soon for Lovren so a place on the bench is the best he can realistically hope for this weekend.
Joe Gomez has stepped-up his recovery from a fractured leg and is hoping to be available again after the upcoming international break so Joel Matip is expected to continue alongside Virgil van Dijk in the heart of Liverpool’s back four against Burnley.
Trent Alexander-Arnold should continue at right-back while Andrew Robertson is likely to retain his place at left-back unless Klopp wants to give either of his full-backs a breather ahead of next week’s huge Champions League clash with Bayern Munich.
Midfield: Fabinho has been in fine form in recent games so the Brazilian international should once again start in the holding role while Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to keep his place in midfield having become a key figure for Liverpool this season.
Jordan Henderson started during the 0-0 draw with Everton last weekend while James Milner is pushing for a recall but I think he may be saved for the Bayern game. Therefore, we could see Naby Keita being recalled in the middle of the park on Sunday.
Attack: Roberto Firmino was named on the bench for Liverpool at Goodison Park last Sunday having recovered from a knock but the Brazilian forward is in-line for a recall to the starting eleven against Burnley.
Divock Origi has started in the last two games and has done reasonably well in Firmino’s absence but I think we’ll see the Belgian international make way this weekend.
Mohamed Salah has been miss-firing recently having not scored in his last four games but Klopp is likely to stick by the Egyptian international while Sadio Mane is also expected to retain his place in attack.
That means Xherdan Shaqiri may have to make-do with a place on the bench once again this weekend and he’ll be joined by the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his long-awaited comeback from injury with a 40-minute run out for the Liverpool U23’s this afternoon and he’ll be hoping to be involved with the first team after the next international break.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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