Liverpool are at home to Aston Villa in the Premier League this weekend. What starting lineup will Jürgen Klopp go with for this game?
The Reds have lost their last six league fixtures at Anfield and they were beaten 7-2 by Aston Villa the last time the sides met back in October.
Confidence had been returning among the squad after a recent upturn in form but then Real Madrid knocked the wind out of their sails on Tuesday night in the Champions League.
With four days between the Villa game and the second leg against Real Madrid and no travelling to be done, I don’t think Klopp will be too worried about resting anyone for Wednesday night.
Alisson Becker will start in goal for Liverpool. We will then all get to see if he really has already shaved off that famous ‘tache.
In front of Alisson, it should be the ‘usual’ back four of recent weeks. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will be at right and left-back respectively with Nat Phillips and Ozan Kabak at the heart of the defence.
Hopefully, Fabinho will be kept in his natural position in midfield with Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcântara alongside him. Curtis Jones and James Milner are two possibilities to come in so they will possibly appear as second-half substitutes at least.
The front line is where Klopp probably has his toughest decision to make this weekend. The out-of-form Sadio Mané may need to be dropped which would mean a starting trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Diogo Jota.
Predicted Liverpool lineup (4-3-3) vs Aston Villa: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Jota
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