Liverpool travel to Turf Moor this evening to take on a Burnley side who’ll be determined to spoil their Champions League qualification hopes.
Jurgen Klopp’s men could put themselves firmly in the driving seat for a top-four finish with a convincing midweek win after Chelsea’s 2-1 triumph over Leicester City on Tuesday.
The Reds are currently sitting in fifth position in the top-flight table, just three points behind Brendan Rodgers’ Foxes but with a game in hand and a superior goal difference.
Therefore, three points in tonight’s fixture could be crucial in Liverpool’s push to play in Europe’s elite cup competition next season, and it should make for an enthralling encounter.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Klopp to line up on Tuesday evening, with two changes from the side which started against West Brom last time out…
Between the sticks, Alisson Becker is set to resume his usual role of keeping the ball out of the back of the net despite his incredible exploits last time out, where he became the first ever Liverpool goalkeeper to score a competitive goal.
Arguably Klopp’s biggest decision will be who partners Nat Phillips at centre-back. 20-year-old Rhys Williams has started Liverpool’s last three consecutive league games, putting in some improved performances, but whether he’ll be able to cope with Burnley’s physical approach it a doubt.
Therefore, it wouldn’t be a shock to see the youngster drop down to the bench, with Brazilian international Fabinho returning to the heart of defence and Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson occupying the full-back positions.
In midfield, Klopp may value experience over youth for this potentially pivotal encounter. James Milner is expected to be fit enough to return to action in midweek, while Gini Wijnaldum has had an impressive season despite Liverpool’s struggles.
That could mean £27m-rated (as per Transfermarkt) academy graduate Curtis Jones is sacrificed, but Diogo Jota’s injury means the usual front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are guaranteed to feature from the off.