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Change in midfield?: Liverpool predicted XI against Burnley

Liverpool take on Burnley in the early kick-off on Saturday in the second round of Premier League fixtures this season.

The Reds were comprehensive 3-0 victors on the opening day against Norwich City.

Now, they face Sean Dyche’s side at Anfield, who lost 2-1 at home to Brighton in their opening game.

Despite the win last week, we reckon that Jurgen Klopp could make two changes for this one.

Here is RTK’s predicted Liverpool XI for tomorrow’s game.

Defence

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Starting off in goals, we have Alisson. The Brazilian was his usual brilliant self against Norwich, so will undoubtedly start this one.

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In fact, we think that we will see the exact same back five as we saw last weekend.

So, that means Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk and Kostas Tsimikas.

While Klopp will want to rotate the centre-backs every now and then to help Matip and van Dijk in their return from injury, we can’t see that coming in just yet.

They will face a more physical test against Chris Wood and probably Ashley Barnes. Coming through that with flying colours would be a great sign for the rest of the season.

Tsimikas was impressive in his first Premier League start. He will now know that he cannot relax on the ball in this division, so we expect an error-free performance from him.

Midfield

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This is where we can see some changes being made.

After getting 30 minutes under his belt against Norwich, Fabinho is ready to start this one.

He will come into the No 6 role, with Naby Keita a near-guarantee to play as one of the two alongside him. We were very impressed with the Guinean last week in a more reserved performance from him.

If the £53m man can add a little more of his natural style to what the manager wants from him defensively, it will be impossible to drop him. His ability on the ball will be vital to help break down the Burnley low block.

The third midfielder is where the biggest question mark lies.

Thiago and Jordan Henderson both missed the opening game as they were not fully fit. However, they both played starring roles in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Aston Villa on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner were both solid, if unspectacular, in their place.

Is it the right time to re-introduce the two star midfielders, or do they need a few more weeks?

We have a sneaky suspicion that we may see Thiago start this one, with Henderson replacing him off the bench after an hour or so. Like Keita, the Spaniard has attributes needed to break down the deep defence.

However, don’t be surprised if Milner is selected to match Burnley physically in the middle of the park.

Attack

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Considering that Liverpool scored three goals against Norwich, it would not make much sense to change up the front three.

However, two of these came after Roberto Firmino replaced the opening goalscorer Diogo Jota just after the hour mark.

The Brazilian looked much improved when he came on, so it may be best to try and get him to keep his momentum.

If it was us picking the team, we would probably leave Sadio Mane out of this one. But we don’t think that the management will do this, as they clearly want to play him into form.

Salah will definitely start, while Jota earned his place as well.

So, we think that Klopp and co. will just play the same front three as last week and tell Firmino that he needs more time to get fully up to speed after his late return to pre-season.

So, we expect Salah on the right, Mane on the left and Jota through the middle.

Hopefully, they will be able to create the bit of magic needed for Liverpool to beat Burnley.

Predicted Liverpool XI to play Burnley

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