Here are five things Liverpool fans should watch for against Norwich City today. The Reds will kick off their 2021/22 season at Carrow Road.
We’ll start with the obvious one. Of all the things Liverpool fans will want to watch against Norwich City, Ibrahima Konate tops the list.
Will he start? We imagine so. There will be caution with Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, while Joel Matip may be further along with his return.
Konate, though, is the most reliable option – fitness-wise, at least. This should be the debut as fans get to see Liverpool’s £36m man in action.
This is a similar one. Tsimikas actually arrived a year ago but we barely saw him over his first season.
The Greek full-back only played six Premier League minutes, adding another 135 in the Champions League. It’s hard to say he made an impact over the campaign.
But Andy Robertson’s injury means Tsimikas almost certainly gets his first Premier League start today. We’re excited to see what he can bring.
What to do with Harvey Elliott?
Harvey Elliott has been one of the most interesting aspects of pre-season. Not just because he’s an incredibly talented teenager, either.
Jurgen Klopp has been using him as a midfielder across the friendlies and Elliott looks good there. We’re encouraged enough that this could be his long-term role at the club.
It’ll be interesting to see if he gets a game here, then, and whether it’s in midfield or not. Both Jordan Henderson and Thiago are doubts, while Curtis Jones misses the game through concussion protocol. That certainly opens the door for Elliott, at least from the bench.
Can he cut it in the Premier League yet? Can he do it in midfield? We hope to get something of an answer today.
Both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah seem absolutely certainties to start this one. Neither of them played an international tournament over the summer and they should be as ready as it gets.
But who lines up with them? The choice is between Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. Given the missing men in midfield, we expect Klopp to go with his first-choice trio up top.
We’re not entirely sure who that includes, though. Has Jota forced his way in or does Firmino still reign supreme?
Either is a good choice for us but we’re curious what direction Klopp will go in.
Can Alexander-Arnold pick it up again?
Trent Alexander-Arnold ended last season on fire. He’d had a disappointing campaign up until the March international break but everything went right after that.
We were so impressed with his form as the Scouser seemed to hit new heights once again. It encouraged us to believe he’d carry that form into the new season.
Injury, however, ruled Alexander-Arnold out of Euro 2020 and interrupted that rhythm. Can he find it again?
Because Alexander-Arnold at his best is vital if the Reds want to recapture the Premier League title. This will be one to watch vs Norwich, then, as Liverpool hope for their no.66 to catch fire once again.