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Shaqiri starts: Predicted Liverpool 4-3-3 to face Manchester City

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Jurgen Klopp & Xherdan Shaqiri

Liverpool face another test of their title credentials and this could be the biggest game of the season. The Reds face Manchester City at Anfield and will be smarting after their 1-0 loss at Napoli in midweek.

More than the loss, the performance was dreadful from Jurgen Klopp’s men. The players looked tired and our attack was toothless at the Stadio San Paolo.

City are tied with us at the top of the table and a win on Sunday could give a huge boost to either side. Klopp has a XI that he prefers to play, however, there could be one change in the team for this game.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian pulled off some great saves in Italy and will have to be at his best against City.

Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

Alexander-Arnold was targeted by Napoli and exploited well in midweek. The Englishman has to have a better game to keep out the likes of David Silva and Raheem Sterling.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The Dutch defender has been excellent since the start of the season for the Reds. Van Dijk has to have a quality game and will be wary of the threat from Sergio Aguero.

Joe Gomez (CB)

The English centre-back has been fantastic for us and needs to have a great game at Anfield on Sunday.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson also has to be careful of the attacking threat of City. The Scot is important for our attack too as he puts in great crosses for the forwards.

Gini Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

The Dutchman didn’t have a great night in Italy but has to ramp us his performance for Sunday.

James Milner (CM)

We doubt Jordan Henderson will start after the calamity in Naples. Milner has been a more consistent player and should play on Sunday.

Xherdan Shaqiri (CM)

The Swiss star hasn’t started too many games for us but should play in midfield for this clash.

Mohamed Salah Liverpool

Mohamed Salah (RW)

The Egyptian has been poor this season, there are no two ways about it. Salah needs a goal or two and this could be the game where we see his best.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

Firmino is another player struggling for goals but his hard work will be key to us getting the three points.

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Sadio Mane (LW)

The Senegal star hasn’t been great in attack but his pace will be crucial to unlocking the City defence.

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Liverpool interested in signing 27-year-old superstar from Napoli

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Lorenzo Insigne

Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli superstar Lorenzo Insigne, according to Rai Sport (h/t Metro).

The Italian scored a late winner for the Serie A club in our Champions League loss a couple of weeks ago. The report adds that Chelsea are keeping an eye on the 27-year-old too and would rival the Reds for any bid on the Italian.

The attacker is known to Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri during their time at Napoli. The report adds that any team looking to sign Insigne up would have to stump a huge fee since the player has four years left on his current deal.

The attacker has seven goals and an assist in all competitions for the Serie A side, so far, and helped them to second place in the league last season.

The report adds that Klopp wants more firepower for the Reds and Insigne could be the perfect fit at Anfield.

lorenzo insigne

Liverpool have Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane as quality wingers and added Xherdan Shaqiri in the summer. However, signing Insigne could make our attack one of the best in the world.

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The report adds it would be difficult for Insigne to switch clubs in the winter window and we would have to wait till the summer before we make a bid for the 27-year-old.

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“Fast becoming a legend” – Some fans laud Liverpool youngster’s performance in 3-2 win over Spain

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Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez put up another incredible perforce during the international break. The Liverpool youngster is a starter alongside Virgil van Dijk for the club and did a brilliant job in England’s 3-2 win over Spain.

The 21-year-old has started nine games for us in all competitions and Liverpool have only conceded three goals from eight Premier League games.

Gomez could grow even better with more games this season but the youngster was celebrating the England performance and put up an image of the team.

The Englishman should be in-line to start our game against Huddersfield at the weekend, and a number of fans showered praise on the 21-year-old for his 90 minutes against the Spanish.

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Liverpool handed triple injury boost ahead of Huddersfield clash

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Virgil van Dijk

Liverpool have been handed a triple boost ahead of their game against Huddersfield on Saturday. The Mirror reports that Virgil van Dijk, James Milner and Mohamed Salah are certain of being fit for the Premier League game.

Milner had injured his hamstring in the 0-0 draw against Manchester City and was expected to be out of action until December, as per the report.

However, the Englishman has made a remarkable recovery, and the report adds that Liverpool’s medics have given him the all-clear to make a comeback.

Milner has to take part in full training on Thursday to have a chance of making it to the team for the Huddersfield game.

Salah and Van Dijk also had injuries during the international break. However, the Egyptian only has a slight muscle strain while the Dutch defender has been dealing with a rib injury that requires pain-killers, as per the report.

James Milner of Liverpool

James Milner

The forward is returning to Liverpool for further treatment and should participate in full training before Thursday, according to the Mirror.

Ronald Koeman shed light on Van Dijk’s problem and was quoted by the Mirror as saying:

“He spoke to the manager. The medical staff of the Dutch national team spoke to the medical staff of Liverpool and made the decision that he was playing only the Germany game and then after back to Liverpool.

“He is ready to play next weekend.”

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Liverpool should be favourites for the three points against the Terriers and if Salah and Van Dijk start, we should come out easy winners on Saturday.

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