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Fabinho at right-back? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Leicester City in the Premier League

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Liverpool return from their mid-winter break in Dubai and face Leicester City on Wednesday. The Reds come into this game on the back of a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace in the last game and should be fresh against the Foxes.

Jurgen Klopp has a few concerns regarding his defence with James Milner suspended, while Trent Alexander-Arnold recovers from a knee problem.

Virgil van Dijk hasn’t trained much after picking up an illness from the trip to Dubai, but there is some good news with Dejan Lovren back in training.

Leicester have been a bit of a bogey side for Liverpool in recent years and cannot be taken lightly for this tie. The Reds have to grab a win since Manchester City have lost to Newcastle, leaving us with a chance to go 7 points clear at the top.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian wasn’t great in our win over Palace and could have done better to keep some of the shots out. However, he still is one of the best in the world.

Fabinho (RB)

The midfielder should play as our right-back, with Milner being suspended. The Brazilian did well as a centre-back but this is a different test for him.

Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk in training

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Van Dijk should keep his spot in the team unless the illness is too severe. Lovren could replace the Dutchman, but we need Van Dijk to play at the back.

Joel Matip (CB)

Matip didn’t have a great game against Palace, but he is the best option for Liverpool after Joe Gomez.

Andy Robertson (LB)

The most consistent left-back in the division, Robertson will be one of the keys for the Reds as we look to keep our winning streak going.

Sadio Mane Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Wijnaldum’s return to the side will be a huge boost and hopefully, he plays a pivotal role in beating the Foxes.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

Henderson was one of the more decent players in the win over Palace and the captain should keep his spot in the starting XI.

Naby Keita (CM)

Keita wasn’t great in the win over the Eagles and the Guinea midfielder needs to start delivering, failing which he would lose his place in the team.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

Salah scored a brace in our win over Palace and he needs to be at his best against the Foxes.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

The Brazilian should play as the striker and he should do better in this role compared to his deeper role in the 4-2-3-1 we deployed earlier.

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Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane has to be more lethal in the final third as he wasted several opportunities against Crystal Palace.

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“It’ll be the first time in my life!”: This Liverpool star will be rooting for Man United in the game against Man City

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Latest Liverpool news: James Milner to support Man United against City?

Liverpool star James Milner will become a Manchester United fan for the first time on Wednesday when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side take on Manchester City in the Premier League. (h/t the Daily Mail)

Born in Leeds, he won two titles in his five-year stay at Manchester City and could soon become a Liverpool legend. Hence, it’s tough to see the 33-year-old cheer for the Red Devils in the upcoming Manchester derby.

United could do a favour for Liverpool on Wednesday by stopping Manchester City, who are two points adrift of the league leaders, although they have played a game less.

James Milner Liverpool

That extra game is against United at Old Trafford on Wednesday and if Solskjaer’s side manage to even eke out a draw, Liverpool will have their destiny back in their hands before their final hurdle against Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.

“It’ll be the first time in my life!” Milner replied when asked if he was comfortable watching United win the derby against City, reports the Daily Mail.

“I don’t watch (games like these), to be honest. It’s a bit of a waste of energy, isn’t it, willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I can’t do anything about it.

“Maybe I’ll put my phone away for a couple of hours and check it after. Maybe I’ll go and grab some food or whatever. There are three games left. United will be a challenge for City, but it’s the old cliché – any game is tough in the Premier League no matter who you play.”

Given United players’ confidence are at rock bottom following the Everton thrashing, it looks tough to see them stop City. We cannot expect a favour from our rivals, who themselves are eyeing a top-four finish.

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Klopp’s men have to win their last three games and hope City drop points in any of their last four games.

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Former Ireland striker urges Liverpool to make transfer move for 26-year-old PL hitman

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Tony Cascarino tips Jurgen Klopp to sign Zaha

Liverpool could be set to sign Crystal Palace star in the upcoming summer transfer window.

This is the opinion of former Ireland striker Tony Cascarino who has backed the Reds to sign Wilfried Zaha following his comments. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

Wilfried Zaha, 26, shone in Crystal Palace’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday. He scored the Eagles’ second goal of the game and was a constant pest to Arsenal’s backline who simply couldn’t cope with his pace and smart movement.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Tony Cascarino spoke about the Ivorian winger and his recent comments about wanting to play in the Champions League. He also spotted something that suggests Jurgen Klopp could make a move for the Crystal Palace star in the summer.

“Well, all of the top-six now are playing attack-minded football,” Cascarino told talkSPORT. (h/t The Daily Mirror)

“Liverpool played Palace last year and I went to the game and Jurgen Klopp was consistently on Alexander-Arnold about Wilf Zaha, you could see it from the sideline.

“I kept thinking after that game, Klopp really does respect Zaha as a player and he knows how dangerous he is. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him at Liverpool, but he could do a job for any of the top-six.”

Do Liverpool need Zaha?

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Zaha is seen as one of the best players playing outside the so-called ‘big six’ teams in the league. He has successfully managed to revive his career at Palace after enduring a torrid spell with Manchester United.

At Liverpool, I don’t see him getting regular opportunities under Klopp. Sadio Mane is an undoubted starter in the team and he operates from the left flank, which is basically Zaha’s position at Selhurst Park.

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Even if Klopp feels like buying an attacking player in the summer, his focus should be on bringing an out-and-out number 9.

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Liverpool enter three-way tussle with PL rivals for this 21-year-old defensive beast

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool keen on Ajax’s Noussair Mazraoui

Liverpool are set to battle it out with rivals Manchester United and Arsenal for the signature of Ajax starlet Noussair Mazraoui, reports Spanish outlet Marca. (h/t Sport Witness)

Noussair Mazraoui, 21, has established himself as one of the mainstays of Erik ten Hag’s hugely-impressive Ajax side that has knocked out the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus in the Champions League to advance to the semi-finals of the competition this season.

A graduate of the hugely famed Ajax academy, the Dutch-born Moroccan has shown a lot of maturity this season, even though he made his first-team debut last term. The 21-year-old defender has supplied four goals and as many assists in all competitions, thus attracting the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs, including the aforementioned Premier League trio.

Noussair Mazraoui will be a good fit at Anfield

Noussair Mazraoui has shown that not only can he perform in the Eredivisie, but also on the bigger stage, i.e. the Champions League. His performances this season certainly belie his age and all credit to Ten Hag for showing immense faith in the young Moroccan.

Liverpool certainly can do well with the signing of Mazraoui. Trent Alexander-Arnold has been a regular fixture at right-back for the Reds since the last two seasons.

Alexander-Arnold has battled it out with James Milner at right-back but with the former England international turning 33 this year and Joe Gomez preferred in central defence, our academy graduate needs solid competition from next season.

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That’s where the signing of Mazraoui would make sense for the Reds. Not only will the 21-year-old compete with Alexander-Arnold for the right-back spot but also will add depth to our squad. Thus, we need to beat the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for the Ajax starlet’s signature.

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