Liverpool will face Crystal Palace on Saturday as they look to consolidate their place at the top of the Premier League.
So far, they are eight points clear of Leicester City and Chelsea, whilst Manchester City are a further point back in fourth-place. After the international break, Jurgen Klopp and Co will want to pick up where they left off against the Citizens in the last match before the two-week pause.
With some injuries to contend with, it will be interesting to see what team the former Borussia Dortmund manager puts out. Here, we try to predict his starting XI.
In goal, Alisson should get the nod. The Brazil international was in action for his country on Tuesday, but as a goalkeeper, that should not have too much of an effect on his ability to perform.
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Andrew Robertson pulled out of the Scotland squad with an ankle injury, and previously admitted that he had not trained for two-and-a-half weeks due to the issue. Although Klopp has remained coy on whether he would appear against the Eagles, earlier reports have all but confirmed he will miss the match at Selhurst Park. With a lack of alternatives, James Milner should fill in at left-back.
Virgil van Dijk is 100% fit, the 52-year-old boss confirmed, so he will keep his place in the side, whilst Dejan Lovren should appear next to him with Joel Matip still out injured. At right-back, expect to see Trent Alexander-Arnold once again.
Jordan Henderson was able to have a two-week break, with a suspension and illness preventing him from taking the field for England. As captain, it would be surprising to see him not included in the first XI. Behind him in defensive midfield, Fabinho is proving himself to be somewhat indispensable, so he should start again, whilst Georginio Wijnaldum should feature next to Henderson fresh from his hat-trick for the Netherlands.
Klopp said that there is still a problem with Mohamed Salah’s ankle. He didn’t confirm whether he would play or not this weekend, but it seems unlikely. The comments from the former Mainz boss on Xherdan Shaqiri would indicate it is too soon for the Switzerland international to feature, so we could see Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain play on the right. He has plenty of experience in that position. Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both got themselves through the break without injuries, so expect them to start.
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