Liverpool’s South American Dilemma: A Wolves Encounter
The South American Challenge
Liverpool’s return to Premier League action sees them pitted against Wolves this Saturday. However, the aftermath of the international break might just dictate Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI. The Reds, having made an impressive start to the season, now face the challenge of an early kick-off away from home. This scheduling nuance, combined with the extensive travel of their South American players, is set to play a pivotal role in Klopp’s team selection.
Alisson Becker’s commitment to the Brazil squad meant a journey spanning continents. Yet, Klopp’s history suggests he might still favour his first-choice shot-stopper. This inclination might have been further solidified given that Brazil’s national team opted for Ederson during the recent fixtures.
With Trent Alexander-Arnold’s recovery from a hamstring injury still in question and his absence from recent training sessions, Joe Gomez emerges as the probable choice for the right-back position. The central defence will likely see Ibrahima Konate pairing up with Joel Matip, especially with Virgil van Dijk serving a suspension. On the left, Andy Robertson remains the undisputed choice.
Alexis Mac Allister’s commendable stint with Argentina might ironically earn him a spot on the bench, given the physical toll. This could pave the way for Wataru Endo, who had a less strenuous international break with Japan playing in Europe. Dominik Szoboszlai and Curtis Jones, after their commendable show against Aston Villa, are poised to complete the midfield trio.
Forward Line Conundrums
Darwin Nunez’s recent muscle concerns with Uruguay and Luis Diaz’s extensive travel commitments might prompt Klopp to reconsider his attacking options. Cody Gakpo could lead the line, supported by Diogo Jota on the left flank. And, of course, the ever-reliable Mohamed Salah is expected to feature prominently.