Liverpool has the opportunity to put significant pressure on their top-four rivals when they face Manchester United tomorrow
Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur also lost today, giving the Reds a strong motivation to take the three points. As if they needed any more motivation for what has traditionally been the most important game on the English football calendar.
Both teams come into the game in good form, with United coming off a Carabao Cup victory last weekend.
Liverpool, on the other hand, will be eager to remind their old foe that they are still a force to be reckoned with. Here’s how we believe Jurgen Klopp will line up at Anfield.
Against Wolves, Alisson Becker recorded his fourth Premier League clean sheet in a row and his fifth in six outings. He’ll be looking to make it five wins in a row versus United.
In front of him, there will most likely be only one change, with Andy Robertson replacing Kostas Tsimikas, who impressed in midweek.
The rest of the back four should remain unchanged. This means Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, and Ibrahima Konate will be given the nod.
Klopp’s midfield selection must be difficult at the moment, with so many options available to him. But, Fabinho’s return to form should make the manager’s decision on who plays at the base of the trio very simple.
Stefan Bajcetic’s emergence as a viable option is also bearing benefits. The 18-year-old is currently a member of Liverpool’s best midfield and is expected to start another important game here.
Captain Jordan Henderson is expected to round out the trio. Hendo, who has been rested for the Wolves game, is expected to fill in for such a high-profile match.
Klopp, like his midfield, must make decisions about who plays in his forward line right now. Diogo Jota has started the last two games, but without a goal, we expect him to return to the bench here.
Jurgen then has the option of inserting Roberto Firmino through the center. After the announcement yesterday that Bobby will be leaving the club in the summer, he will undoubtedly be greeted with a loud reception at Anfield. Perhaps the Brazilian, ever the showman, would rise to the occasion.
No, we believe Klopp will resist. Instead, he’ll return Cody Gakpo to the pivotal role that the ‘excellent’ forward had begun to carve out for himself. There is no argument on either side of him. Darwin Nunez on the left and Mohamed Salah on the right. United, beware!
Liverpool’s expected starting Eleven against. Manchester United is as follows: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Bajcetic; Salah, Gakpo, Nunez