Liverpool’s pre-season schedule continues tomorrow, with The Reds taking on Crystal Palace in Singapore.
Jurgen Klopp will be looking for his side to bounce back from their 4-0 defeat against Manchester United on Tuesday. There’s likely to be a host of changes, hopefully with Darwin Nunez in-line to start for Liverpool for the first time.
Alongside Darwin, Klopp is likely to bring back more key men as he builds up game-time for his starters.
It has already been reported that Klopp won’t utilise the three half-hour teams tactic that we saw on Tuesday. With that in mind, here’s how we think Liverpool will line up.
Klopp confirmed today that Alisson Becker has picked up a slight knock in training. As a result, the 29-year-old shouldn’t be risked against Palace, with Adrian coming in to start.
Having played the final 30 minutes on Tuesday, the time feels right to give Trent Alexander-Arnold a start at right-back. Isaac Mabaya was excellent in the position against United, but we need Trent up to speed.
At centre-back, Klopp has six options he can rotate for the rest of pre-season. Here, we think he’ll once again start Joe Gomez, but this time pair him with Joel Matip instead of Nat Phillips.
The left-back slot is a crowded one currently, but 17-year-old Luke Chambers deserves the chance to build on his display in Bangkok.
There are numerous ways that Klopp could line up in midfield, with so many options available. But we think he’ll start to prioritise those who will be part of the first-team squad next season.
Jordan Henderson got the opening half-hour on Tuesday and we think he’ll do so again tomorrow.
Either side of him, we expect to see Harvey Elliott and Naby Keita. Elliott was lively from the beginning on Tuesday whilst playing a wide-left role, while Keita adds a nice balance.
As with much of the rest of the side, it feels like the right time to start gelling Liverpool’s attack.
That means pairing star-man Mohamed Salah with £64m signing Darwin Nunez. If Liverpool are to have another good season, they need the two forwards to understand each other. That will come with game-time.
Making up the front-three it would be wise to get some continuity in Fabio Carvalho. Klopp may be taking a look at where best to fit him in next season, and any opportunity to do that should be utilised.
Liverpool’s predicted XI vs Crystal Palace: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Gomez, Chambers; Henderson, Elliott, Keita; Salah, Nunez, Carvalho