We’re likely to see Liverpool make changes against Watford tomorrow. Here are three as the Reds move into a massive week.
Liverpool play Watford tomorrow and we can expect changes to the usual XI. This is the most routine game of the week, after all, given the Reds’ fixture list.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will travel to Vicarage Road at Saturday lunchtime and then to Atletico Madrid for Tuesday. That’s a crunch Champions League game between two giants who want to top the group.
Fast-forward to Sunday and Liverpool play at Old Trafford. Manchester United fancy themselves as title contenders this season – it’ll be up to the Reds to prove them wrong.
Klopp will want his best XI available for the latter two games. With that in mind, rotating against Watford makes a lot of sense.
Here are three changes to the regular XI that we might just see.
Roberto Firmino in
Klopp confirmed that Diogo Jota’s injury isn’t a bad one. Despite missing Portugal’s games and returning to Liverpool early, he should be fit for the weekend.
But we’re still not sure it’s smart to risk him. Roberto Firmino, on the other hand, didn’t go anywhere during the international break. He should be completely fresh for this one and we’d like to see him get his second start of the campaign.
Rotate the centre-backs
Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip appear to be the first-choice pairing this season. It might be worth giving Joe Gomez and Ibrahima Konate a run-out and Vicarage Road, then.
The younger duo have impressed when they’ve featured this season and using them to keep the first-choice pair fit makes sense to us. We’d comfortably back them to see-off Watford before allowing Van Dijk and Matip to start the two bigger games.
Thiago is out, as is Harvey Elliott. Fabinho will almost certainly miss this one, too, as Brazil played in the early hours of this morning.
We don’t think Jordan Henderson will play all three fixtures, either. He’s not done that with any regularity and we think Klopp may rest him against Watford – if he can afford to.
There’s a good chance the captain still plays this, given the other absentees. It does feel quite likely that Klopp picks three of Curtis Jones, Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, though.
Three of those four may get the nod here – at least two will. Jones and Keita feel like the most likely but it’s very hard to tell.
All that’s certain is Liverpool not being full-strength in the middle.