Liverpool are set to return to the FA Cup tomorrow night as they face Wolverhampton Wanderers in their third round replay.
The Reds survived a late scare in the sides’ first meet-up, as the Old Gold were held to a 2-2 draw.
In the 82nd minute of play, Toti backheeled Hwang Hee-Chan’s ball into the net, sparking celebrations from a 2-1 comeback.
However, the flag was up for an offside, and this was eventually upheld by VAR. Controversially, video official Mike Dean did not have a camera angle of the alleged offence, as it was suggested the player was offside from the corner. As a result, he had to go with the linesman’s decision, and the game ended in a draw.
Feeling hard done by, Wolves will come out all guns blazing tomorrow as they seek revenge on Liverpool.
With numerous injuries, Jurgen Klopp will have to field a side without some of his star players, and that’s what we are going to explore here.
Having publicly stated that Alisson Becker is the goalkeeper of choice for FA Cup fixtures, there should be no reason that he doesn’t feature tomorrow.
In the back-four, slight changes are likely. Kostas Tsimikas is expected to replace Andy Robertson at left-back, whilst Joe Gomez could come in for Joel Matip.
Both players look like they need a rest, and this could be a good time to give it to them.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate are expected to keep their places in the back-four.
The right-back could also do with a rest, but with a more obvious rotation at left-back, the 24-year-old will likely retain his spot to keep a level of familiarity in Liverpool’s defence.
Fabinho has looked off the pace for weeks. He clearly needs a rest from the XI, so Jordan Henderson could come in as the side’s defensive midfielder.
In front, Naby Keita should start on the left side for the Reds. After coming on as a substitute in the last match, he looked like the team’s best player.
Alongside Keita, Harvey Elliott will probably earn a start as the right-sided midfielder. Thiago Alcantara has been worked off the pitch in recent matches, so it is only fair he is allowed to gin some rest before Chelsea on Saturday.
Although Klopp has claimed Darwin Nunez is ‘very close’ to returning for Liverpool, it is unlikely he will feature in the starting XI.
Instead, Mohamed Salah could take his place up-front. Without a recognised striker available, the ‘unbelievable’ 30-year-old is the best suited player to start centrally.
On the left, Cody Gakpo is expected to retain his place in the side. The Dutchman has looked comfortable since making his Anfield debut, so there is no reason why he won’t play again against Wolves.
Finally, on the right side, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is likely to keep his place in the team. Klopp has limited options available, so maintaining a core set of players will be important for Liverpool tomorrow.
Liverpool’s predicted XI vs Wolves: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Konate, Tsimikas; Henderson, Elliott, Keita; Gakpo, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain