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Liverpool’s predicted XI against Shrewsbury Town

Liverpool travel to Shrewsbury on Sunday to play their fourth round FA Cup match.

The Reds are still in three competitions, and with the Premier League looking like a done deal – they are currently 16 points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand – they can now slightly turn their attentions to other tournaments.

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With this being against a League One side, though, Jurgen Klopp is likely to ring the changes. Here, we try to predict his starting XI.

In goal, Adrian should replace Alisson. The former West Ham shot-stopper started the last FA Cup match against Merseyside rivals Everton, so we’re anticipating exactly the same here.

In defence, expect Yasser Larouci and Neco Williams to come in to replace Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold respectively. With a Premier League match against West Ham to come on Wednesday, Klopp will no doubt want to rest some of his key players and the full-backs are arguably the only members of the squad who don’t have obvious, proven understudies.

To accompany those two, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren could provide experience at the heart of the defence. Both have struggled with injuries so far this campaign, but are now back in training, with the former even appearing on the bench against Manchester United and Wolves.

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In midfield, there should once again be wholesale changes. Adam Lallana could take up a more defensive position having operated as a deeper-lying midfielder recently, whilst Pedro Chirivella could start his third game of the campaign. Next to him, expect Curtis Jones to feature once again after his stunning winner against Everton in the previous round.

The forward line could also have a fresh look. Harvey Elliott should be given a run-out on the right wing, with Divock Origi on the opposite flank. At centre-forward we’re tipping Takumi Minamino to get the nod.

The Japan international, who signed from RB Salzburg earlier in the transfer window, is by no means an out-and-out centre-forward, but this game represents an opportunity to gauge whether he’s someone who could deputise for Roberto Firmino by operating in a similar style.

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