In order to compete to regain first place in the league, Liverpool will play Aston Villa at Villa Park at 17:30 today in their return to Premier League action
Standards have fallen far short of expectations this season after winning the FA Cup and Carabao Cup last year, as well as agonizingly losing to Real Madrid in the Champions League final and Manchester City in the Premier League title match in a thrilling season finale.
Liverpool, who are now in seventh place in the division with just six victories in 14 games, are in desperate need of a strong run of results to get back into the Champions League mix, get ready for the continental knockout stage, and keep the FA Cup.
In the first league game after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Reds manager Jurgen Klopp will be considering the lineup most likely to lead the team to victory against a team showing signs of revival under the leadership of Unai Emery, who took over for the fired Steven Gerrard in October.
While the club’s competition defense is finished, Klopp will be grateful for the minutes in his team’s legs. Liverpool did play competitively again last week against Manchester City in the Carabao Cup fourth round, losing 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.
In light of this, the following starting XI (4-3-3) is what Football FanCast forecasts Liverpool’s German manager will field:
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Nunez, and Oxlade-Chamberlain are some of the players mentioned.
Alisson is anticipated to make his comeback for the Premier League match, although Caoimhin Kelleher filled in admirably for the Reds against City, improving his reputation as the team’s trusty No. 2 in goal.
The central defensive pairing of Joel Matip and the “perfect,” as Carlos Puyol once praised him, Virgil Van Dijk should continue, with the latter missing the City game due to his international exploits with the Netherlands. Joe Gomez, who has been “terrible” at various points this season, will be replaced by the £75 million titan.
Thiago should continue to play in his deep-lying position as the maestro, Fabinho should be the anchor, and Jordan Henderson should take the place of Harvey Elliott as the pivot, providing calm authority.
Darwin Nunez will once again serve as the team’s central talisman because Diogo Jota and Bobby Firmino are both currently injured. Mohamed Salah will continue to dominate the offensive right flank for the club and will be looking to build on his goal against City and his impressive tally of 15 goals in 22 appearances this season.
The left side of the attack is more problematic since Fabio Carvalho, who gave Liverpool the lead last week, was taken off at halftime and Luis Diaz, who aggravated an injury sustained against Arsenal, will be out until March.
As a result of impressing during his brief outing in the Carabao Cup, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might get a rare chance to enter the starting lineup.