The goal for Klopp will be to give Liverpool their third victory over City this year
Following the recent international break, Liverpool are back in domestic action and face Manchester City this afternoon in what should typically be a thrilling Premier League match.
While City are vying for glory on three fronts, the Anfield team has struggled significantly this season and has nothing to play for other than trying to finish fourth in the league.
The Reds have lost to AFC Bournemouth and Real Madrid since their infamous 7-0 thrashing of Manchester United at the start of March, and Jurgen Klopp undoubtedly would have preferred a slightly less difficult task to boost his team’s confidence going into the final few weeks.
In order to give his team the best chance of securing a crucial three points, Klopp will make a number of adjustments from the La Liga team’s defeat.
As a result, the starting lineup for Liverpool against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium has been predicted by Football FanCast.
What starting lineup will Liverpool use when they face Manchester City?
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold; Konate; Van Dijk; Robertson; Elliott; Henderson; Fabinho; Salah; Gakpo; and Nunez make up the 4-3-3 formation.
Alisson will undoubtedly get the start in goal, marking his 28th straight league start this season, and he’ll be going for his tenth shutout.
The back four from the defeat in the Champions League a few weeks ago will not change. The right and left sides of the defense will be manned by Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson, respectively, with Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate serving as the center of the defense.
Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, and Harvey Elliott will make up the midfield three under Klopp’s changes. Elliott, who Football Transfers values at €33.1 million (£29 million), will be expected to try and bring something unique to the midfield. He received high praise from football writer Leanne Prescott earlier this season when she said, “No matter where he is on the pitch, he makes things happen,” inferring that the Englishman might be the difference.
Cody Gakpo, who played in midfield against Madrid, is expected to move back to a central striker position and be flanked by Mohamed Salah and Darwen Nunez. Diogo Jota will be benched as a result of his “sloppy” performance against Los Blancos, according to GOAL’s Neil Jones, and Klopp will start with his strongest starting XI.
If this team performs at its peak, they will have a great chance of defeating City for the third time this season, including in the Community Shield. The 55-year-old will be aiming to do this.