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Liverpool’s predicted XI for the Premier League opener against Norwich

The wait is finally over.

At last, Premier League football returns to our lives tonight when Liverpool welcome Norwich to Anfield, and the Reds will undoubtedly be looking to get off to a flying start as they aim for another title surge.

Jurgen Klopp’s men last appeared in a competitive fixture (the Community Shield shouldn’t count!) in Madrid for the Champions League final, where they ended that game with gold medals around their necks and a place in the history books.

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Newly-promoted Norwich went up as champions last term, and will be keen to re-establish themselves in the top-flight after spending three years away from the big time.

Let’s take a look at who we think Klopp will include in his starting XI for the big game…

As you can see, we don’t think the former Borussia Dortmund boss will make any drastic changes.

Sadio Mane only recently returned to Merseyside, as he was granted extra holiday due to his international commitments in helping Senegal reach the Africa Cup of Nations final.

Klopp has said the 22-goal forward is looking good, although we presume that no risks will be taken when Divock Origi has a full pre-season under his belt and is raring to go.

At the back, Alisson, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold pick themselves, with the Dutchman’s centre-back partner the only real question mark.

Joe Gomez started the Community Shield final, but was caught in possession numerous times in dangerous areas and the Reds looked a lot better when Joel Matip was subbed on – the Cameroonian defender also scored in that game.

In midfield, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson have both enjoyed full pre-seasons and are seemingly ready to go, although the third spot in the middle of the park is up for debate.

James Milner – who missed the game at Wembley with a minor muscle issue – is okay according to Klopp, but we think that no risks will be taken with the 33-year-old either.

Klopp has spoken glowingly of Naby Keita and the Guinean’s adventurous qualities could be of use against a Norwich side who will presumably sit back and look to pick their moments against last season’s runners up.

We think the £52.8m former RB Leipzig man will get the nod ahead of Gini Wijnaldum, who was awful against Manchester City at Wembley and also missed the decisive spot kick in the shootout.

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