Our early predicted Liverpool lineup for the Community Shield sees Jurgen Klopp take a chance on one player with ‘great speed’. The Reds will hope to take home the season’s first silverware.
It’s now under a week until Liverpool play their first competitive game of the 2022/23 season. Well, half a competitive game – it’s difficult to say exactly what the Community Shield is these days.
What we do know is that it’s a game Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp will want to win. Doing so sets a statement for the season, at least, particularly when it’s up against Manchester City.
Now, the Reds do have one friendly before that game as they take on RB Salzburg on Wednesday. Perhaps a player or two can earn start from that but we imagine that one will mainly be about fitness. It comes just three days before the King Power fixture, after all.
So with all of that said, here’s our predicted Liverpool lineup for the Community Shield.
We imagine Alisson Becker will be fit to start for Liverpool – though, he will have a lack of pre-season games behind him. He’s back training and that’s enough for us to believe he’ll be good to go.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is always likely to start at right-back anyway, but especially as Calvin Ramsay has been battling an injury. Andy Robertson is almost certainly playing on the opposite flank, too.
As for the centre-backs, we think it’ll be Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konaté. The pair started against RB Leipzig and might just be the first-choice pairing this season.
Fabinho is an obvious one for the lineup, of course. He’ll play the holding role and Thiago feels the likely choice on the left of the three.
As for the other midfielder, Naby Keita appeared to have his foot in front as he started against Leipzig. Klopp’s comments after the game, however, suggest that Jordan Henderson quickly moved back ahead in the running for a place.
Mohamed Salah is essentially the only right-winger in the entire squad, so he’ll certainly start. Luis Diaz looks guaranteed to play from the left, too, as Diogo Jota isn’t fit.
That leaves the centre-forward spot and a week ago, we’d have put money on Roberto Firmino starting. He even kicked off the friendly against Leipzig with a reminder of his quality in the role for Liverpool.
But then Darwin Nunez did what he did. The Uruguayan scored four times in the second half, grabbing the headlines and earning praise from all corners. Joel Matip was one of those raving about Nunez after the game.
“Everybody is really happy for him,” he said, per Liverpoolfc.com. “Great finish, great speed — it will be really difficult for our opponents.”
We think Klopp will take a big chance on Nunez in light of that, then. He’s the kind of player who can seriously trouble City’s high line on the counter-attack and give Liverpool a proper target through the middle.
And it’s only the Community Shield, after all. Why not give it a go?