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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
“It is painful” – Jurgen Klopp provides injury update after 1-0 Napoli win
Liverpool were in the wars last night as they defeated Napoli 1-0 to progress into the knockout round of the Champions League.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, and we had Alisson to thank for keeping it that way. The Brazilian pulled off a brilliant save in stoppage time, but we should have killed off the game with Sadio Mane missing some gilt-edged chances.
Nevertheless, some Liverpool players put it all on the line at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp spoke about the injuries to James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip.
Milner and Trent had to be subbed while Matip picked up a shoulder problem later in the game. The German told Liverpoolfc.com that the right-back could have a bit of a problem while Milner was suffering from cramp.
“I’m not sure. Nobody told me anything about [Joel’s] shoulder, so hopefully that’s a good sign.
“Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. It is painful.
“Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don’t know anything else.”
The Reds are stretched a bit at the back with Joe Gomez out till the New Year while Dejan Lovren only recently returned from a training injury and got a few minutes against Napoli.
Our next game is against Manchester United on Sunday, and hopefully, we have most of our players at 100%. The right-back spot will be interesting to keep an eye on as Milner could play in case Trent isn’t fit.
The Reds should be buoyed by their performance against the Italians, and we could be in for a brilliant night at Anfield on Sunday too.
Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli
Liverpool made it into the next round of the Champions League with their 1-0 win over Napoli. The Reds had to leave it till the last game of the group to ensure qualification to the knockout round, and what a night it was.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, but Napoli had their chances. Sadio Mane was the culprit as we couldn’t make the game safe, and it almost cost us late on.
The Reds finished second in the group, but more importantly, we kept the momentum and head into the Manchester United tie full of confidence.
There were several fantastic players at Anfield, and here are our player ratings.
Alisson – 9/10
The Brazilian made a huge save in stoppage time to keep Arkadiusz Milik out. We would have given him a 10 but the keeper was barely troubled in the game.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10
The right-back had some great deliveries in the final third but was troubled a lot by the Napoli attackers in the night.
Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10
Van Dijk was booked early on for a studs-up challenge but barring that, he was excellent at the back as he kept the Napoli attack in check.
Joel Matip – 8.5/10
This possibly was the best display by the Cameroon star since his move to Anfield. Matip was rarely flustered by the Napoli attack, and his passing was top-notch as well.
Andy Robertson – 7.5/10
The Scot didn’t have his best attacking game but some of his interceptions were important. There was one moment where he let the ball past him but Jose Callejon could not take advantage.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10
The Dutch midfielder was a little slow to start, maybe it was the occasion, but he came into the game later on.
Jordan Henderson – 7/10
The captain didn’t have a great start to the game but came into prominence in the second half as we controlled the tie.
James Milner – 7.5/10
It was great seeing Milner make some dashes to break past the Napoli defence but the Englishman had to be subbed with a slight injury.
Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10
Salah was brilliant in the first half and his goal was a thing of beauty. He looked like he was going to cross but decided to slot the ball in between David Ospina’s legs. The Egyptian should have had a second but Ospina saved well.
Roberto Firmino – 7/10
Played as our striker in this game and took some time to adjust to Napoli’s defending. He did do well in the second half and was subbed off after running himself to the ground.
Sadio Mane – 6.5/10
Mane was frustrating in attack as he missed two clear-cut chances to score. Fortunately, the misses did not hurt us but the Senegal star needs to be more composed in front of the goal.
Naby Keita – 6/10
Came off the bench to give some energy and running to the side.
Fabinho – 6.5/10
The Brazilian provided some extra cover for the defence.
Dejan Lovren – NA
Came on late in the late.
“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli
The Reds knew this scoreline would see them pip the Italians to second spot, at least, in the group. However, a goal for the Serie A side would mean we would have to win by a two-goal margin.
Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game, but we were wasteful in the final third. Sadio Mane should have scored a hat-trick, which would have put the Italians out of the tie completely.
The Senegalese star’s misses almost cost us as Arkadiusz Milik found himself free in stoppage time with the ball at his feet, six yards from goal.
The Napoli striker seemed destined to score, and break Liverpool hearts, but Alisson quickly rushed off his line and blocked the powerful shot.
The Liverpool keeper celebrated with the rest of the team after the final whistle, but the Reds were inches away from a painful Champions League elimination.
The Brazilian was imperious for us at the back with his composure, and his passing was on point too. Jurgen Klopp certainly got one of the best keepers in the world, and the Liverpool fans were grateful for the former AS Roma star’s contributions in the win.
— SCARFACE (@LFC_LION) December 12, 2018
How did we cheat the master Monchi himself 2 times in a row? First we bought Mo Salah for a bargain and next year we got Alisson for a bargain again.
— LFC Scout Watch (@Mobyhaque1) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker 😎 pic.twitter.com/pIUzxhuBaz
— #FPL berhadiah 500k. 😎 (@INDONESIAN_LFC) December 12, 2018
Mad how we put 7 past Alisson😂
— LFC_000 (@LFC_000) December 12, 2018
Klopp: ‘If I knew Alisson was this good – I would have paid double.”
— LFC KNOWLEDGE (@LFCknowledge) December 12, 2018
Alisson is a joke. Feels like he’s saved us 20 points this season already. So helpful in open play but these crucial saves he’s been making are just on another level.
12 clean sheets at the moment. Not bad for your first 22 games.
— Viktor Fagerström (@ViktorFagerLFC) December 12, 2018
Would any LFC fan swap Alisson and VVD for Coutinho? Nope? me neither. What a bit of business that was
— Wayne (@Gunga__Din) December 12, 2018
Alisson Becker could save this country from Brexit.
— Chris Hewitt (@ChrisHewittLFC) December 11, 2018
— Irish Reds 🔴🇮🇪 (@LFCIrishFanzone) December 11, 2018
— Eric LFC 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@_lfcEric) December 11, 2018
Worth every penny
— Mukunda Pokhrel (@Mukund_Pokhrel) December 11, 2018
That’s the difference between world class and a £4M keeper….just saying! Best keeper we’ve had for decades
— Wiggz 🔴⚽️ (@WiggzLFC) December 11, 2018
The best goalkeeper in the world currently. Insane 😱
— Nuredin Zymeri (@nuredinz14) December 11, 2018
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