Liverpool will hope to rectify the mistakes made during their shock 1-0 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion earlier this week when they welcome Manchester City to Anfield.
Despite having both Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino up front, the Reds struggled to make an impact in the final third in that game.
Ahead of the big game later today, Jurgen Klopp stated that Sadio Mane and Fabinho had returned to “parts of team training”(Liverpool FC). However, the boss won’t want to rush the Senegalese winger back and since signing Ozan Kabak and Ben Davies, he can afford to give Fabinho more time to recover if he wishes.
Alisson, who missed the last match due to illness, is “feeling much better” and looks like he will be back in action to face City this afternoon.
With all of that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast have predicted The Reds to line up at Anfield…
With the Brazilian shot-stopper back in the side, Liverpool will feel more confident that they can keep out City’s blistering attack. Similarly, January loan signing Kabak could make his debut in red and partner Nat Phillips at centre-back. This will give Jordan Henderson the green light to return to his natural position in midfield.
The skipper will likely operate as a No.6 to keep the back-line protected and contribute to the team’s efforts of thwarting in-form Gabriel Jesus.
In midfield, Klopp has several options he could select, with one being the lesser-seen Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Whilst the former Gunner has been hit-and-miss with his fitness lately, he has already shown that he is the man for a big occasion. His wonder-strike against City in the Champions League back in 2018 is a prime example of what the Ox has in his locker.
Pep Guardiola’s defence has been watertight this season. City have conceded just the two goals in their last ten matches and are currently on a 20-game unbeaten streak, according to Sofascore.
Chamberlain’s ability to pull the trigger from outside the box may be the only option Liverpool have if they want to get the better of this City defence. As such, he will likely play alongside Thiago, meaning Gini Wijnaldum will drop to the bench.
Despite scoring against West Ham, the £90,000 per week midfield man struggled against Brighton and was replaced by Chamberlain just after the hour mark. The 26-year-old could be a vital asset to Liverpool’s side this evening as they vie to make amends for their second consecutive Anfield loss.