Liverpool return to action in the Premier League this week following their two-week winter break.
Their last match was a 1-0 win against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup fourth-round replay. After Jurgen Klopp’s decision to respect that pause from the action for his senior players and himself, Neil Critchley and the club’s U23 players were tasked with getting the team through to the next round.
As such, we will likely see Klopp make 11 changes to the side that beat Salop. But who will take to the field? Here, we try to predict his starting XI against the Canaries.
In goal, Alisson will return to the side to replace Caoimhin Kelleher. That is no surprise – the Brazil international is currently tied with Sheffield United’s Dean Henderson in the race for the Golden Glove, and is the best goalkeeper on the planet – at least according to the Yachine Trophy.
The defence should see Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold line-up. That is a back four that has conceded just one goal in their last nine league games, and therefore keeping eight clean sheets along the way. Klopp does at least have back-up options at centre-back to consider, though, with Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip having now returned from injury.
In midfield, Fabinho should take up a defensive midfield role. Jordan Henderson had done well in that position as the 26-year-old was absent – the Reds conceded just one goal during his time there – but the former AS Monaco man started the Reds’ 4-0 victory against Southampton. That will see the captain take up a role slightly further forward, with Georginio Wijnaldum alongside him.
Up front, Sadio Mane should come back into the side. The Senegal international missed the last two matches through injury in the top flight, but he is now expected to be a part of his boss’ plans for the match at Carrow Road. Alongside him, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are expected to start.