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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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Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli

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Alisson saves from Arkadiusz Milik

Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

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 scores for Liverpool

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.

Substitutes

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.

Read more: Liverpool interested in signing £15million-rated Premier League ace in January

Dejan Lovren – NA

Came on late in the late.

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“Worth every penny”, “Could save this country from Brexit” – Some Liverpool fans can’t believe star’s performance against Napoli

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Alisson saves from Arkadiusz Milik

Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

Liverpool made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League with a commanding yet nervy 1-0 win over Napoli at Anfield.

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.

Read more: “I hear the rumours, like you” – Liverpool-linked Lyon star opens up about transfer rumours

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“I hear the rumours, like you” – Liverpool-linked Lyon star opens up about transfer rumours

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Houssem Aouar

Houssem Aouar

Football.london reports that Liverpool are interested in Lyon star Houssem Aouar, and have been tracking the Frenchman for over a year.

France Football (h/t Football.london) adds that Unai Emery is also keeping tabs on the impressive 20-year-old, while Chelsea and Manchester City have been linked too.

The attacking midfielder, who can play out wide, has five goals from 16 Ligue 1 appearances this season has spoken about his future, and it seems he wants to remain at Lyon for the foreseeable future.

The youngster was interviewed by France Football (h/t Football.london) and spoke about the links to some of Europe’s biggest clubs:

“I hear the rumours, like you. I have ears!

“I have eyes too, to see a few things left and right. The guy who says he doesn’t hear stuff or listen to anything, is not telling the truth. But there’s nothing you can do. All of that doesn’t bother me.

“I’m well protected with my family. It’s nice to hear, but I’m not getting carried away. My feet are firmly on the ground. I’ve only got a good half-season behind me, and I have everything to develop at Lyon.”

The 20-year-old is one of the hottest properties in French football, and it would be great if we could land him soon.

Read more: Liverpool interested in signing £15million-rated Premier League ace in January

The Frenchman has the potential to become one of the best in the world, and under Jurgen Klopp, he would get ample chances to prove his ability.

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