Liverpool will face Flamengo in the FIFA World Cup final in Qatar on Saturday (17:30).
The European champions are one match away from becoming world champions for the first time in the club’s 127-year history.
Jurgen Klopp’s side progressed to their first CWC final since 2005 following Wednesday evening’s victory to Monterrey. Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino were on the scoresheet as Liverpool limped over the line in a 2-1 victory.
If Liverpool are to win at the weekend it will be the club’s thrid piece of silverware since June.
This is RTK’s predicted line-up to face Flamengo:
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker
No surprise here. The Brzilian was outstanding to keep Monterrey at bay for so long and it proved after the FIFA Goalkeeper of the Year was handed the MOTM award.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold
Came off the bench to provide a beautiful injury-time assist for Firmino. His creativity will be key.
Centre back: Joe Gomez
Was very nervous without his regular central defensive partner Virgil van Dijk. Gomez was lucky to escape a sending off after getting a yellow card for a cynical rugby tackle before a handball enraged Monterrey boss Antonio Mohamed.
Centre-back: Virgil van Dijk
Missed the semi-final through illness. His absence was quite stark as Liverpool lacked their usual calming presence without the assertive Dutchman. Has to start.
Left-back: Andy Robertson
The Scotland captain doesn’t do rest and will be needed yet again at the weekend.
Centre-midfield: Jordan Henderson
Covered well at centre-back in the semi-finals. Will surely be deployed back in the holding role following the continued absence of Fabinho.
Centre-midfield: James Milner
Played at right-back in midweek. Milner’s experience will be vital in yet another final for the Reds and silverware would be the perfect opportunity to celebrate the Englishman’s new deal.
Centre-midfield: Naby Keita
Statistics speak volumes. Three starts, three goals. With Gini Wijnaldum injured, Klopp should finally entrust Keita during a big game and test whether the Guinean can justify his £52 million price tag.
Right-wing: Mohamed Salah
Irresistible as of late. Salah supplied an outrageous assist against Monterrey and any opponent preparing to encounter the Egyptian should be shaking with fear.
Left-wing: Sadio Mane
Came off the bench on Wednesday in what was surely a ploy to rest the Senegalese ace for Saturday. Liverpool’s most consistent performer this season will surely start?
Striker: Roberto Firmino
Another key man who came off the bench against Monterrey. Scored the crucial goal that got Liverpool to the final and is another who must start against his Brazilian counterpart.