It’s been an interesting start to the season for Liverpool, drawing one, winning one and losing one in the Premier League.
Indeed, the Reds certainly look a lot more Klopp-esque compared to last season but the German gaffer’s famous philosophy of high pressing and breakneck-paced counter-attacks hasn’t quite manifested into phenomenal results just yet.
This Saturday, the Merseysiders play hosts to Leicester City in their first home game of the season following building work at Anfield.
In theory, Liverpool should struggle against reigning Premier League champions but it seems unlikely the Foxes’ form this term will come anywhere close to the levels it reached last season.
That being said, Leicester are still tough opposition – they’ve conceded just twice so far this season – so it’s imperative Jurgen Klopp picks the perfect starting XI.
With that in mind, we’ve had a crack at selecting Klopp’s starters for Saturday. This side, lining up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, will claim all three points against Leicester…
Lorius Karius is back in contention following an injury layoff but this fixture might be a little too soon for the summer signing. Goalkeeping changes should only be made if absolutely necessary and Simon Mignolet hasn’t let anyone down this season.
Nathaniel Clyne’s not exactly set the world alight at Liverpool but he’s a solid performer and the fact of the matter is that the Reds don’t have any viable alternatives. The England international wasn’t called upon to face Slovakia last weekend, despite making the squad, so he should be fully fit.
The England international wasn’t called upon to face Slovakia last weekend, despite making the squad, so he should be fully fit.
Joel Matip’s added some much-needed athleticism to Liverpool’s defence, boasting height and speed in equal measure, and looks like a shrewd acquisition on a free transfer.
Dejan Lovren’s vastly improved since the turn of the year appeared to have already developed an understanding with Matip when Liverpool faced Tottenham two weekends ago. One concern, however, is that Leicester’s Jamie Vardy could catch him for pace.
One concern, however, is that Leicester’s Jamie Vardy could catch him for pace.
Riyad Mahrez could run makeshift defender James Milner ragged on Saturday but selecting natural left-back (or so he claims) Alberto Moreno could be equally detrimental. The former England international is an experienced leader and an incredibly well-rounded footballer, so having him on the pitch regardless of position is always an asset.
The former England international is an experienced leader and an incredibly well-rounded footballer, so having him on the pitch regardless of position is always an asset.
Liverpool fans are still waiting for Jordan Henderson to hit return to top gear following his lengthy injury spell last season. But the Reds captain still offers an abundance of energy in midfield and that could be pivotal against Leicester – arguably the most industrious side in the league.
But the Reds captain still offers an abundance of energy in midfield and that could be pivotal against Leicester – arguably the most industrious side in the league.
The Reds probably haven’t seen the best of Georginio Wijnaldum just yet but the summer signing does offer something a little different in their engine room, linking the back line to the attack with mobility and a cultured passing game.
Sadio Mane’s enjoyed a strong start to his Liverpool career and the Senegal international’s electric pace suits Jurgen Klopp’s philosophy perfectly.
He scored a stunner on the opening weekend against Arsenal and will want to get his first in front of the Anfield faithful.
Adam Lallana’s really come into his own under Jurgen Klopp at both club and international level, epitomised best by his last-minute winner for England in midweek.
Klopp needs to capitalise on that against Leicester by placing the 28-year-old at the attacking hub of midfield.
Left wing may not be the ideal role for Philippe Coutinho but it still gives him a chance of deciding matches with lethal long-range shooting.
The Brazilian has netted twice already this season, suggesting it could become his most prolific campaign yet.
Jurgen Klopp surprisingly left Daniel Sturridge out of the starting line-up to face Tottenham Hotspur two weekends ago but we want to see the England striker reinstated.
Sturridge may be a frustrating figure at times but he’s easily one of the most potent forwards in the Premier League when at his best.