Liverpool return to Premier League action on Sunday 27th December, as they face West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are currently top of the league, having secured an impressive 7-0 win against Crystal Palace in their last fixture in the top-flight.
The German manager was boosted by the news that both Xherdan Shaqiri and James Milner are in contention for the game against the Baggies, whilst Thiago also returned to training but is unlikely to feature on Sunday.
Despite the superb win at Selhurst Park last time out, it seems likely that Klopp will rotate his squad for the game against Sam Allardyce’s side, especially as the Reds travel to Newcastle United next Wednesday.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Klopp to line his side up against the Baggies, with two changes from the starting team that thrashed Crystal Palace.
Unsurprisingly, the Liverpool shot-stopper and defence stay the same, with Crystal Palace having rarely threatened last time out.
Allardyce’s side are likely to provide an aerial threat during the game at Anfield and certainly won’t roll over, so Klopp may be best served by selecting the most experienced defence he currently has available.
There’s one change in midfield, as Curtis Jones returns in place of Naby Keita, despite the Guinean doing well on his return to the side.
The academy graduate was superb against Tottenham Hotspur recently and could be the man to unlock what will undoubtedly be a resolute Baggies defence on Sunday.
Meanwhile, in the attack, Takumi Minamino drops out despite scoring his first Premier League goal against Palace, with Mohamed Salah earning the start after his two goals from the bench.
Earlier in the season, Klopp was full of praise for the Japanese international, saying:
“Taki is a machine. ‘He’s everywhere, he defends like a devil and then offensively he’s really involved.”
Therefore, the former RB Salzburg man, who earns £75k per week at Liverpool, will surely be considered an option from the bench if required but we feel the German manager should select his strongest attacking lineup for the game against the Baggies, as it represents a real opportunity to extend their lead at the top of the table.