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Updated Liverpool predicted XI v Leicester City

Liverpool kick-off against Leicester City in just over 24 hours.

Jurgen Klopp has had time to enable a broader idea of the starting XI he is going to name to face the Premier League leaders under the Anfield lights.

The Liverpool boss must consider who has the highest fitness levels, something we do not have access to. With that said, Liverpool’s players may vary in this department after a busy fortnight of international football.

There was finally some good news on the injury front on Friday evening as Fabinho was back amongst his teammates in full training indicating he will be ready for selection come Sunday.

Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold were ruled out while Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain long-term absentees.

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Liverpool also have to plan for Atalanta in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

How many players will he really call on to start both games, and who can be held back and rested?

 

One thing is for sure, Liverpool’s clash with Leicester represents arguably their toughest match of the season when you consider the club’s injury crisis.

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Formation dictated by personnel

The formation Liverpool go with is likely to be dictated by the players Klopp chooses to go with.

Thiago Alcantara remains an ambiguous selection prospect. The Spaniard is still yet to return to full-training which would suggests he won’t be able to make his Anfield debut tomorrow evening.

Xherdan Shaqiri was also a potential starter given the lack of midfield options and the confirmed absence of Mohamed Salah.

Fabinho’s return to fitness could mean the Brazilian is utilised either at centre-back or even in his preferred defensive midfield role given the unavailability of Thiago and Henderson.

Nat Phillips was extremely impressive on his Premier League debut against West Ham last month and his defensive capabilities could indicate to Klopp that Fabinho is better suited in midfield as opposed to defence.

Given Alexander-Arnold’s absence and the fact Neco Williams picked up a knock during the international break, James Milner seems the obvious choice to cover for Liverpool at right back.

Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum both returned to training this week and the pair could accompany Fabinho to complete a midfield triumvirate that Klopp has utilised together on two separate occasions this season (Arsenal and Aston Villa).

Andy Robertson had picked up a minor injury on international duty but did play 90 minutes on Wednesday during the 1-0 defeat to Israel. This would suggest the Scotland captain is fit and will be able to start against Leicester.

In attack, Salah’s absence makes Klopp’s decision rather straightforward with Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all fit and eligible for selection.

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