Predicting Liverpool’s Starting XI ahead of Fulham Clash

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What XI Will Klopp Pick?

Liverpool will be looking to build some serious momentum throughout the festive period, as they host Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.

Fresh off the back of a 4-0 victory over LASK on Thursday, Jurgen Klopp has plenty of selection decisions to make ahead of a hectic schedule.

Despite a few injuries to key players, Klopp will be expecting a strong performance from his side and today we’re going to predicting what side will start on Sunday.

The Defence

After a much improved performance in midweek, Caoimhin Kelleher will remain between the sticks as Alisson Becker is expected to be absent until Christmas.

At right-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold will come straight back into the side and will be keen to keep his fantastic recent form.

The same can be said for both Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip, who have both been brilliant in recent weeks.

Matip’s improvement in form has been so impressive that it has kept Ibou Konate quite firmly out of the side.

With Andy Roberston remaining absent with a long-term injury, Kostas Tsimikas will go again at left-back.

The Greek defender has had a few much improved performances after a poor start to the season and will be looking to carry that into Sunday’s game.

Verdict: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas

The Midfield

Despite another strong performance on Thursday, Wataru Endo is expected to make way for Alexis Mac Allister at the base of the midfield.

Dominik Szoboszlai will also slot straight back into the midfield in place of Harvey Elliott on the right side of the midfield three.

Elliott may feel disappointed considering his fantastic performance against LASK, but the youngster could play a significant role against Sheffield United on Wednesday.

The major talking point in the midfield is on the left side of the three, where Klopp will have the choice of either Curtis Jones or Ryan Gravenberch.

In terms of recent performances, I think Gravenberch deserves the starting spot but Klopp will give Jones the start on Sunday before rotating against Sheffield United.

Verdict: Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones

The Attack

Jurgen Klopp’s offensive options have slightly shortened due to Diogo Jota’s injury, but he still has four world-class talents and a couple of exciting youngsters to choose from.

Mohamed Salah is nailed on to start on the right-hand side of the attack, where he will look to continue his immense Anfield record which has seen him score on ten occasions at home.

Due to the fact that Cody Gakpo was the only forward to play 90 minutes on Thursday, the Dutchman is likely to be the one to miss out despite scoring a brace.

This means that Luis Diaz will go again on the left-hand side of attack, whilst Darwin Nunez will feature in the central position.

Klopp would still have the likes of Gakpo, Ben Doak and potentially Kaide Gordon to choose from on the bench.

Verdict: Salah, Nunez, Diaz

Starting XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Mac Allister, Szoboszlai, Jones, Salah, Nunez, Diaz

Bench: Adrian, Konate, Quansah, Gomez, Endo, Gravenberch, Elliott, Gakpo, Doak

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