Liverpool return to Premier League action this weekend following their enthralling 4-3 opening day victory against Leeds United. On Sunday the English champions await a visit to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea.
It is already billed as a clash between two potential title contenders given the fact that the Blues have spent over £200 million on signings this summer.
Liverpool won both fixtures last season, coming out on top 2-1 victors at Stamford Bridge before a scintillating 5-3 encounter at Anfield back in July during the Reds’ Premier League title parade.
How will Liverpool line up?
Jurgen Klopp isn’t expected to make too many changes to the team that were pushed to their physical limits against Marcelo Bielsa’s outstanding Leeds outfit, although there could be a couple of tactical tweaks up the German’s sleeve.
Similarly to last season, Klopp could look to bring Joel Matip into the central defensive fold with the towering Cameroonian finally back to full fitness.
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Joe Gomez was given the nod against Leeds yet the fact that Liverpool’s defensive quartet conceded from all three of the oppositions shots on targets suggest that Klopp may look to change things up.
The Englishman was given the nod ahead of Matip on the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign only to be dropped in the following fixture. We predict something similar could unfold at the weekend.
The big talking point from midfield during the Leeds victory was the performance of Naby Keita.
Keita didn’t quite put in the performance we hoped for at the weekend which suggests the Guinean talisman still has a ways to go.
The former RB Leipzig just never got going from an attacking sense. He had positive moments, certainly. There were few dribbles here and there, as well as some nice counter-pressing from the front.
But in the end, he finished the game without a successful tackle, without any key passes, and without a significant impact according to WhoScored.
With that in mind, Fabinho will likely get the nod over Keita against Chelsea given the Brazilian’s influence off the bench against Leeds.
Fabinho was imposing and provided much more tactical assurance in midfield upon his arrival and his defensive nous will be required against a Chelsea attacking force that could feature both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Getting the best out of Firmino
One of the main objectives for Klopp this weekend, aside from winning, will be for Firmino to get an overdue goal for his team.
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