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Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Manchester City in International Champions Cup

Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City continue their US tour with a clash in the International Champions Cup at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on July 26. So far in the International Champions Cup, both Liverpool and Manchester City have played against Borussia Dortmund and lost.

It is certain to be a hotly-contested match even though it is just a friendly. We will be eager to bounce back from the defeat to Borussia Dortmund in our last match.

With few of our stars still on their holidays and absent from contention, here is how Liverpool might line up against Manchester City.

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Loris Karius (GK)

Karius has had a dismal last few months and despite committing a mistake against Dortmund, he should be in goal against Manchester City.

Nathaniel Clyne (RB)

Clyne‘s season was disrupted with a back injury but he is now back to full fitness, raring to make a mark in the pre-season tour.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Van Dijk has been an inspiring figure in our defence and will look to keep the City attackers at bay.

Ragnar Klavan (CB)

With Dejan Lovren still on holiday following the World Cup and Joel Matip injured, Klavan has a glowing opportunity to establish himself in the first-team. He is expected to partner Van Dijk in central defence on Thursday.

Andrew Robertson (LB)

Robertson had a slow start to life at Anfield but once he got into grips, he managed to exceed expectations last season.

Fabinho (CDM)

A summer recruit from AS Monaco, Fabinho is a strong holding midfielder, also capable of playing as a right-back.

Naby Keita (LCM)

Naby Keita has impressed a lot so far in the friendlies and will look to continue in the same manner.

Curtis Jones (RCM)

Curtis Jones has starred in this pre-season, making a name for himself and could get more minutes in his locker against City.

Lazar Markovic (LW)

Markovic started for Liverpool in our opening International Champions Cup clash with Borussia Dortmund and did well. His Anfield career is under severe threat but could be in contention to start against Pep Guardiola’s men.

Xherdan Shaqiri (RW)

With his burst of speed, his capacity to score goals from unlikely scenarios, Shaqiri could give us a taste of his flavour on Thursday.

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Daniel Sturridge (ST)

The man in form, Daniel Sturridge should play with a point to prove as he looks to save his Liverpool career. He is expected to lead our attack.

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Liverpool star cuts short international duty after picking up rib injury

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Virgil van Dijk

Virgil van Dijk was amongst the goals against Germany for the Netherlands but the defender has a rib injury, as per the Liverpool Echo.

The report claims that the centre-back has returned to the club after being ruled out of the friendly against Belgium.

A statement from the Dutch team (h/t Liverpool Echo) said:

“After consultation, it was decided to use the player only for the game against Germany.”

The report adds that Liverpool will assess the injury, and we will then get an idea of the extent of his problem.

Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk had a rib problem earlier in the season and was rested in our Carabao Cup loss against Chelsea. The Dutchman has been reliable at the back and is one of the best defenders in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s next game is against Huddersfield on Saturday, and it will be interesting to see who will play in the heart of the defence.

Jurgen Klopp can call upon Dejan Lovren or Joel Matip to partner Joe Gomez in the back as the match against the Terriers should not be the most difficult outing.

Gomez has been the other centre-back who has been brilliant for us this season and in all probability, Lovren should partner the English youngster.

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Liverpool’s next tough game is against Arsenal on 3 November, and hopefully, Van Dijk will be fit for the clash at the Emirates.

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“Exactly what I expected” – Liverpool’s summer signing opens up on his time at Anfield so far

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Xherdan Shaqiri

Xherdan Shaqiri has admitted that he knew about the difficulties in starting for Liverpool, and is willing to bide his time for his chance.

The former Stoke City attacker joined the Reds in the summer for £13million (h/t Mirror) but hasn’t scored a goal this season.

Shaqiri also has a couple of starts to his name but is hopeful of more chances as the season is still in its infancy. The 27-year-old was speaking to Aargauer Zeitung (h/t Mirror) and added that he is waiting for his opportunity to shine.

“You don’t have to keep me happy.

“The process has worked well for me so far. Sure, every professional wants to play. I do too, but there are still a lot of games to come.

“On top of that, you just need to look and acknowledge what has been done at Liverpool recently. A lot of people did a good job.

“That’s why everything hasn’t been turned upside down overnight.”

Xherdan Shaqiri

The Swiss star was aware he would have to work hard to gain a foothold at Liverpool too.

“What is happening is exactly what I expected. I decided to move to Liverpool fully aware that I would have a harder time in a club of this standing than, for example, other clubs that tried to help me.”

Shaqiri has looked decent in all the games he has played and should get a few starts given we don’t face tough opposition in the coming weeks.

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The Reds take on Huddersfield, Red Star Belgrade and Cardiff in the three games after the international break, and this would be the ideal time to start the 27-year-old.

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Out of favour Liverpool youngster wanted by Everton – Toffees willing to let go of Turkish striker

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Divock Origi has emerged as a target for our Merseyside rivals Everton, according to Turkish outlet Aksam (h/t Mirror).

The 23-year-old isn’t a part of Jurgen Klopp’s plans, as per the report, and Everton boss Marco Silva is interested in the Belgian striker.

Origi was on loan at Wolfsburg last season but failed to light it up at the Bundesliga club. The 23-year-old has had a tough time in recent seasons at Liverpool and hasn’t played a single minute for the team this season.

The report claims that Everton are open to letting Cenk Tosun move to Besiktas if they can sign Origi from Liverpool.

The Belgian was linked to a couple of clubs in the summer window but Liverpool didn’t sell him as they weren’t getting what they wanted for the striker.

Divock Origi gave Liverpool the lead

With Daniel Sturridge back in form and Roberto Firmino leading the line, Origi would find it tough to get first-team minutes at Anfield.

We also have youngsters such as Ben Woodburn and Dominic Solanke trying to break into the first-team, thus adding more competition for the forward slots at the club.

It will be interesting to see if Everton follow up their interest in the winter window. There haven’t been many occasions of a player swapping clubs in Merseyside with the last one being Abel Xavier.

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Origi does need to move away for more minutes on the pitch, and joining a new club should be his aim when the transfer window opens.

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