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Predicted Liverpool Lineup To Face Manchester City In The Premier League

Liverpool had to deal with the good and the bad in the world of football as they signed Virgil van Dijk, making him the most expensive defender in the world before losing Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona. Both transfers could have happened in the summer but the deals finally took place in the winter window.

Our next game is against Manchester City and the 5-0 loss at the Etihad will remain in our minds as that is one of the two games we have lost in the Premier League this season. In our previous game, it took a Van Dijk header to seal the victory against bitter rivals Everton in the FA Cup third round and hopefully the defender will have another great game to hand the Manchester club their first loss of the Premier League season.

City played in the FA Cup and also in the midweek as they registered wins in both games and hopefully, they will be a little tired when they face us at Anfield.

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Mohamed Salah should be fit enough to face Manchester City while we should see the return of Jordan Henderson to the starting XI after he missed out on the FA Cup tie.

Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge are the two other players who might be fit for the game but in all probability, they won’t be on the bench as we look to keep them fresh for the remainder of the campaign.

Formation: 4-3-3

Simon Mignolet (GK)

Mignolet was given a break in the FA Cup but he should return to the side and hopefully, he will have a good game too.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

It was tough to decide between Joe Gomez and Trent but the youngster’s pace might just be the reason why Jurgen Klopp could decide to start him in place of Gomez.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

There is no way we cannot start Van Dijk in the back four. The Dutchman had a dream debut and will look to add another winning goal for us against City.

Joel Matip (CB)

Matip is the other defender who could start, even though Ragnar Klavan has been doing pretty well this season.

Andrew Robertson (LB)

With Moreno still a doubt for this fixture, we have to continue with Robertson, who has done a stellar job for us since returning to the side.

Emre Can (CM)

Can seems a goner in the next transfer window but we still should play him as he provides a lot of bite to our midfield.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Wijnaldum is another player who is looking for a good game and maybe the Dutch midfielder will display his best against the Manchester side.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

The captain should be fit enough to start the game. He will have to be at his best for sure.

Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane has been a bit off this season, especially after the red card he got in the reverse fixture this season. The former Southampton man will be looking to make amends and he could be the difference maker in this clash.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

Salah has a bit of a knock but he has to start in the game if we are to get all three points against Guardiola’s side.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian was involved in a bit of a fracas in the Merseyside derby but his running will be instrumental in our side’s chances of winning the game and making it tough for the City defence.

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“You have to be smart” – Jurgen Klopp highlights tweaks to Liverpool’s style this season

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed that the team have worked on the defensive aspect of their play and are avoiding going all-out when in the lead.

The Reds have not been as free-flowing in their attack when compared to the previous season. However, their defence has been one of the best in the league.

Klopp’s team have conceded just three goals from nine Premier League games. Liverpool, along with Chelsea and Manchester City, have made an exemplary start to the season and have all established their dominion in the English top flight.

Klopp was quoted by the Daily Star as saying:

“It’s a normal period of adaptation.

“You put the focus a bit more on something and immediately you lose a bit of the fluency in something else.”

Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

The German added that we have had good results and wanted the team to get better.

“We have already had good results and scored goals but it’s obvious that we can improve.

“But we need to keep the stability – no doubt about that. What we’ve done defensively so far is credit to the whole team.”

Klopp further claimed that the first part of the season lays the foundations for the rest of the campaign.

“That first part of the season is the basis for the rest of the season so let’s use it. We are growing as a team in a specific way and hopefully we can use that.”

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The manager added that the team is sitting back more after taking leads, especially due to the number of games in the league.

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“An unleashed beast now” – Some Liverpool supporters love youngster’s performance in 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Liverpool needed a Mohamed Salah goal to get the three points against Huddersfield. The Reds were nowhere close to their fluent best from last season and endured some nervy moments as the home side threatened on numerous occasions.

The Reds were horrible with their passes in the final third and that should be a worry for the rest of the campaign.

However, Joe Gomez was the outstanding player in our defence. The English youngster played a role in our goal and did a great job as the right-back.

Although he wasn’t partnered with Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence, the 21-year-old was excellent.

A number of Liverpool fans picked up on this and applauded Gomez’s performance in the game.

Read more: Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Joe Gomez stars: Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Huddersfield

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Liverpool endured a frustrating night against Huddersfield as their attack failed to click. Mohamed Salah’s first half effort was the only goal of the game, and there wasn’t much goal-mouth action to speak off.

Huddersfield actually had some of the better chances in the second half and even had an effort ruled offside in the first.

Liverpool were wasteful in possession, and their passing in the final third was awful, however, Huddersfield could not take advantage of this.

The Reds kept the pressure on Manchester City as the pair are tied on 23 points, but we are second in the table due to City’s better goal difference.

There weren’t many standout performers for the Reds in this evening’s clash and here are the player ratings from the game.

Alisson – 6.5/10

Had one nervy moment when his clearance was charged down, but he did make one decent save in the game. The Brazilian was beaten by a thunderous drive but that effort came off the post.

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez – 7.5/10

Possibly our best player on the night. Gomez helped create the first goal and did a decent job as right-back.

Dejan Lovren – 7/10

The Croatian had one or two iffy moments but this was another quality performance from the former Saint.

Virgil van Dijk – 6.5/10

Van Dijk was quality in the first half but made a couple of mistakes in the second. Thankfully, the home side could not take advantage of the same.

Andy Robertson – 7/10

The Scot was willing to help out in attack, and he did well to track back and defend down the left side.

James Milner – 7/10

Another decent outing by the Englishman, Milner did his regular bit in the middle of the park and kept things going.

Jordan Henderson – 6/10

The captain was taken off during half-time and hopefully, he didn’t pick up a serious injury.

Adam Lallana – 6.5/10

This was Lallana’s first start this season, and he did a decent job with his tricks and flicks. The Englishman had to be replaced with some cramp during the end of the second half.

Xherdan Shaqiri – 7/10

The Swiss was the spark that created our only goal of the game. Shaqiri tried to create chances but something was missing in the final output.

Mohamed Salah – 7/10

Salah might have gotten the goal but he was wasteful in the final third and often made the wrong pass.

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Daniel Sturridge – 6.5/10

Another player that seemed to be out of sorts, Sturridge had chances to score but often missed the target. The Englishman was even booked for needlessly blasting the ball over the bar.

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Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5/10

The Dutchman was quality since he came on at half-time.

Fabinho – 5/10

The midfielder did an alright job but needs more time on the pitch.

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Roberto Firmino – NA

The Brazilian also was sloppy in attack and made a few mistakes with his passes.

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