Liverpool begin their Premier League season with a home game against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon. The Merseyside outfit finished a credible fourth in the standings during the previous campaign and they should now be eyeing a better performance this term with their squad being further strengthened during the summer.
Summer signing Alisson Becker made his non-competitive debut for the Reds during the thumping 5-0 pre-season friendly triumph over Napoli. The Brazilian shot-stopper should earn his first taste of Premier League action on Sunday.
In the defence, Trent Alexandre-Arnold and Andrew Robertson are likely to take up the right-back and left-back positions after having excelled in their positions last term. At the heart of the backline, Virgil van Dijk is very much a certainty to start and he could be partnered by Joe Gomez, who appears the only other senior centre-back up for selection.
Both Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan are yet to recover from injuries sustained in pre-season and they seem to have been joined by Dejan Lovren, who has gone to visit a specialist in the Netherlands for a stomach muscle issue, which has restricted him from training with the Merseyside outfit.
Onto the midfield, Fabinho may have to wait a bit longer for his Reds debut after sustaining a head damage in the triumph over Napoli. In this case, we are fancying skipper Jordan Henderson to assume the holding midfield duties with new recruit Naby Keita and Georginio Wijnaldum featuring ahead of him in a three-man combination.
Further forward, Klopp is unlikely to make any changes to the much-settled frontline and the trio of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are expected to start. Salah should slot into his usual right wing role with Mane on the other flank whilst Firmino is very much certain to assume the centre-forward position.
Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andrew Robertson, Jordan Henderson, Naby Keita, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino
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