Gomez or Matip? Origi over Firmino? | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Tottenham
Liverpool take on Tottenham in the Champions League final on Saturday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Liverpool will be desperate to end the season with silverware when they take on Tottenham in the Champions League final on Saturday night. You can back Liverpool to lift the trophy at odds of 1.44 with Betway here.
Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Goalkeeper: There is absolutely no point wasting any debating over who’ll start in goal for Liverpool as Alisson Becker is certain to keep the gloves. The Brazilian international has been a superb addition since arriving from AS Roma last summer so he’ll start ahead of Simon Mignolet tomorrow.
Defence: Liverpool will once again go with a back four and Andrew Robertson is set to continue at left-back while Trent Alexander-Arnold should keep his place at right-back. The duo have been vital for Liverpool this season, both defensively and going forward, so Klopp will be hoping their form continues this weekend.
Virgil van Dijk will continue to marshal the defence following a superb campaign and the big call from Klopp is over who’ll partner the Dutchman. Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren are options but I think we’ll see Joel Matip keeping his place in the back four.
Midfield: Liverpool will be without Naby Keita as he’s still not fully recovered from an adductor strain that’s kept him out of action recently but Klopp still has plenty of options in the middle of the park.
Jordan Henderson is expected to lead the side out against Tottenham while Georginio Wijnaldum should keep his place. The Dutch international has been something of an unsung hero for Liverpool this season and he came off the bench to score two vital goals during the semi-final comeback against Barcelona so I think he’ll be given the nod against Spurs.
That leaves one place up for grabs and James Milner will no doubt be in Klopp’s thoughts as his hard working and dependable approach would be very useful in a tough final against a talented Tottenham side. However, I think Fabinho will keep his place meaning Milner may have to settle for a place on the bench alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Attack: Liverpool have been boosted by the news that Roberto Firmino is available for selection again after recovering from a groin injury that hampered him during the closing stages of the season. The Brazilian international has been in full training this week ahead of the game so he’s pushing for a recall.
Divock Origi will be hoping he’s done enough to keep his place after scoring a vital brace against Barca in the semi-final second leg but I think the Liverpool boss will go with Firmino in the final. It will be harsh on Origi but Klopp has to pick his best players. You can bet on Firmino to open the scoring at odds of 7.00 here.
There is no doubt who’ll join Firmino in the Liverpool attack as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are almost certain to keep their places after enjoying superb campaign’s again for the Merseysiders.
That means we should see the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge joining Origi on the bench against Tottenham tomorrow evening.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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