Here’s our predicted lineup as Liverpool prepare to face Leeds United at Elland Road. One £20m star will be absolutely vital.
To kick-off, we finally got the news last night that Liverpool can use Brazil players this weekend. That sorts two positions, at least.
An argument with the Brazilian FA put that in doubt but we now know that both Alisson Becker and Fabinho can start. The fact they’ve had two weeks off makes them both certainties for this one.
There’s a major factor to consider here, too. Liverpool start their Champions League campaign in midweek against AC Milan. Fresh off an international break, we expect a couple of rotations.
Liverpool predicted lineup vs Leeds
An easy one now we know he’s available. Alisson starts every Premier League game, of course.
Alexander-Arnold didn’t play against Poland and should be fresh enough to start this one. A vital player as he looks to continue his red-hot start.
The first rotation. We think Jurgen Klopp may rotate here in order to have either Joel Matip or Virgil van Dijk available against Milan.
Virgil van Dijk
The way he’s started, we expect Van Dijk to play as often as possible. Perhaps he’ll rest against Milan, however.
We might see Kostas Tsimikas here but against a high-intensity Leeds, Robertson should probably play. His energy could be invaluable.
Fresh off two weeks rest, Fabinho surely starts.
Leeds press high and hard – bringing in a ‘press resistant’ Thiago might be vital, then. He’s a magnificent passer and distributer and exactly what Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t want to see.
It makes sense to add a more attack-minded midfielder if Fabinho is sitting and Thiago is dictating things from deep. There are several options but we’d stick with Elliott after his fine start to the season.
Injuries to Roberto Firmino and Takumi Minamino make this quite clear-cut. It’ll surely be the obvious front-three here.
Jota will have to play a centre-forward role, we imagine. There is a slight chance he moves wide and one of the others drift in, however.
Salah bagged a hat-trick against Leeds at Anfield last season. Then he didn’t start at Elland Road as Liverpool drew 1-1. No chance he sits this one out, surely?
Alexander-Arnold – Gomez – Van Dijk – Robertson
Elliott – Thiago
Salah – Jota – Mane