£52 million man to start: Liverpool's predicted line-up to face Flamengo
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Naby Keita to start: Liverpool's predicted line-up to face Flamengo

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:

DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Alisson Becker of Liverpool during a press conference prior the final of the Club World Cup at Khalifa International Stadium on December 20, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

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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.

DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 20: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Naby Keita of Liverpool during a training session at Qatar University prior the final of the Club World Cup on December 20, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

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.

DOHA, QATAR – DECEMBER 18: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during FIFA Club World Cup Semi-Final match between Monterrey and Liverpool FC at Education City Stadium on December 18, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. (Photo by Marcio Machado/Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

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.

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