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Predicted Liverpool Line-up To Face Chelsea In The Premier League

Liverpool will look to continue their winning ways in the Premier League when they take on reigning champions Chelsea at the Anfield on Saturday.  

The Reds have won three on the trot in the league, following the 4-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur, beating the likes of Huddersfield Town, West Ham United and Southampton most recently. However, our defensive issues were laid bare once again during the Champions League clash against Sevilla in the midweek, when we side go of a three-goal lead at half-time to finish the game 3-3 and gain just one point.

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Defender Joel Matip could be in line for a return to the starting line-up on Saturday, while long-term absentee Adam Lallana is close to a return but is unlikely to be used against the Blues. Reserve goalkeepers Danny Ward and Adam Bogdan are out due to injuries while Nathaniel Clyne also continues to be absent for Klopp. 

Here’s how Liverpool will line-up to take on Antonio Conte’s side:

Manager: Jurgen Klopp 

Formation: 4-3-3 

Simon Mignolet (GK) 

The Belgian should return to the playing XI for Sunday’s mega event, after having sat out of the Champions League encounter.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)  

The youngster has been extremely impressive each time he has been entrusted with the responsibilities by the manager but will have a big test in the form of Eden Hazard.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Joel Matip (CB) 

Having missed out on the last two games for the Reds due to a thigh strain, defender Joel Matip should come back into the starting XI against Chelsea.

Dejan Lovren (CB)

The Croatian has improved after his poor display against Tottenham and will look to keep going on the upward curve, against Chelsea. 

Alberto Moreno (LB) 

Has had a resurrection so far, but was poor against Sevilla in the second period. Will need to step it up against the reigning champions.

Emre Can (CM) 

The German international was benched for the midweek game against Sevilla but is likely to replace Georginio Wijnaldum in the starting line-up for the weekend.  

Philippe Coutinho

Jordan Henderson (DM) 

The club captain doesn’t really offer the defensive solidity needed of someone playing in the role that he does for his team and of late, his attacking instincts too have been off the radar. Will need to bring his A game against the Blues.  

Philippe Coutinho (CM) 

The third central midfield slot in Klopp’s side should be occupied by Brazilian Philippe Coutinho. The creative hub of this Liverpool side, he will have a major role to play if we are to win.  

Mohamed Salah (RW) 

The Premier League’s top-scorer will be keen on showing his former employers what they missed out on when they sold him a couple of years back. 

Mohamed Salah

Roberto Firmino (ST) 

The Brazilian forward will be high on confidence after having netted twice in the midweek game and will look to carry that form into the game against Chelsea. 

Sadio Mane (LW) 

The Senegalese attacker has netted 3 times in 7 league games this term and will be hoping to add a goal or two more against the champions.

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Liverpool create history: Five talking points from emphatic 3-0 win over Southampton



Liverpool looked comfortable in their 3-0 win over Southampton as we scored all our goals in the first half.

Xherdan Shaqiri was instrumental in two of our goals as Wesley Hoedt opened the scoring by slotting into his own net.

Joel Matip made it two from a corner before Shaqiri’s free-kick was tapped in by Mohamed Salah after it came off the post.

The win made it six out of six in the Premier League and kept up our relentless pace at the top of the table.

Our next game is the Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea and here are the five talking points from the win at Anfield.

1) Back the Shaq

The Swiss star got his first start for the Reds and he was brilliant. The former Stoke City attacker was all over Southampton like a bad rash and his shot in the first half was deflected into the net by Hoedt.

The 26-year-old played an advanced role just behind the front three and his movement was key to unlocking the Saints’ defence a number of times.

Shaqiri will have more difficult games in the future but the Swiss attacker will be an important player for us this season, especially when we are up against some teams that sit back and defend deep.

2) Liverpool don’t get out of second gear

Although the first half was great from the Reds, we didn’t really rip Southampton to shreds as we have done to some of the lower-ranked sides.

Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino had chances to score more goals and make it look like a tennis score but this Liverpool side is still not as fluid as last season’s.

The recent game against PSG certainly had a role to play in our sluggishness. Our game management was great though, as the Saints didn’t trouble us and the best of the Reds is yet to come this season.

3) History made once again

Liverpool made more history after this win as we recorded our best-ever start to a season. Seven wins in seven games is no laughing matter and we have faced some tough teams such as PSG and Tottenham.

The Reds have looked brilliant this season and we all want that one thing missing in our trophy cabinet and hopefully, we will have another historic moment to speak about at the end of the season.

4) Van Dijk and Gomez are stars

Our attack is one of the best in the world but our defence is also slowly getting there. It was a surprise seeing Joel Matip start as he could have done with the minutes in midweek against Chelsea.

Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk was great though and he kept things tight at the back before being replaced by Gomez.

Changing a defensive pairing with a young player after half-time would have been a concern for us a few years ago.

However, Gomez isn’t any young player and the Englishman was rock-solid after coming on. The youngster didn’t make a single mistake in the game and has only gotten better this season.

5) Another clean sheet for Liverpool

Liverpool started the season with three clean sheets and made it a fourth of the season after conceding goals in their last three clashes.

The defence wasn’t tested and Alisson made his first save of the game only in stoppage time.

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This makes it seven clean sheets in a row at Anfield, which is an incredible feat, given that we weren’t the tightest defence a couple of years ago.

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“Legend”, “Never leave” – Some Liverpool fans want star to extend stay after brilliant start



James Milner

James Milner is playing like a 20-year-old this season and that has helped us to an incredible start.

Liverpool are perfect and even recorded a fantastic 3-2 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. The recent win against Southampton helped the Reds record 7 successive wins. But amidst it all, Milner has been a solid force.

The Englishman scored a penalty against PSG and has two goals and two assists to his name this season. The 32-year-old has been one of our best players and his form has kept out the likes of Fabinho and even Jordan Henderson at times.

The former Manchester City and Leeds United man is a thorough professional and he recently tweeted an image before the Reds’ game against the Saints.

A number of fans showed their support to the Englishman and a few even wanted Liverpool to present him a new contract.

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“Imperious performance”, “Already a better career than Charlie Adam” – Some Liverpool fans go crazy after brilliant first-half by summer signing



Liverpool handed Xherdan Shaqiri his first start of the season and the Swiss star did a pretty good job against Southampton.

The former Stoke attacker was given a free role in the midfield and he got us going with a hand in two goals. The Swiss star only got 45 minutes on the pitch before he was replaced by James Milner but he looked fantastic.

Apart from pressurizing the opposition into losing the ball, the attacker’s passing was spot on as well. The 26-year-old’s shot in the first half was turned into the net by Wesley Hoedt. He then came up with a wonderful free-kick that cannoned off the crossbar for Mohamed Salah to tap in.

The 26-year-old should receive more starts and some fans loved his performance, even though he didn’t get a goal.

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