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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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(Video) Watch Alisson and Roberto Firmino provide hilarious responses in latest “Bezzies”

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Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

Liverpool have come up with another Bezzies video, this time focussing on Brazilian pair Alisson and Roberto Firmino.

We had seen a similar video of Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk a few weeks ago, and this one was just as brilliant between the Brazilians.

It started with Alisson answering about what Firmino would take along with him to an island, and the answer wasn’t really that surprising.

The forward answered his wife, which our keeper also guessed correctly. For Alisson’s options, the correct answer was barbecue, which Firmino got right too.

The pair were also asked what is their best body feature and which club they made their debuts for.

There were some great questions in between and Firmino confirmed that his favourite Brazilian player was Ronaldinho and not Ronaldo, while for Alisson it was goalkeeper Taffarel.

Our goalkeeper even predicted that Firmino would be a better keeper than his attacking partners Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

The pair seem to be in great form and in spirits ahead of our crucial tie against Manchester United on Sunday.

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Hopefully, we pull off a win and stay atop the Premier League table as the games keep coming thick and fast.

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Liverpool interested in signing £70m-rated Bundesliga powerhouse

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Kai Havertz

Kai Havertz

Liverpool face tough competition for the signing of Kai Havertz of Bayer Leverkusen, according to Sport Bild (h/t Mirror).

The 19-year-old has been on fire for the Bundesliga giants this season and has seven goals and five assists in all competitions.

The German also has a couple of international caps to his name and plays mostly as an attacking midfielder.

The report claims that Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are all “actively” tracking the rising star.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Havertz is rated at £70m (h/t Mirror), and he is the next big thing coming out from the Bundesliga. The 19-year-old was phenomenal last season with three goals and eight assists in the Bundesliga and seems set to break that his record in this campaign.

Liverpool have dipped into the German market several times under Jurgen Klopp, and if anyone would have the inside scoop on the 19-year-old, it has to be our manager due to his spell in the Bundesliga.

The Reds could do with an attacking midfielder in the team as we don’t have someone who can do this role. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain would be the ideal player for the position but it is unlikely we will see him play any minutes this season due to his injury.

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We lead the Premier League and made it into the knockout rounds of the Champions League, and with the right signings, there could be some silverware at Anfield this season.

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“It is going to be difficult” – Liverpool star believes Manchester United will be tough opposition

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Liverpool Manchester City Georginio Wijnaldum

Liverpool play Manchester United in the biggest fixture of the weekend, and the Reds have a sizeable lead over their rivals in the Premier League.

We are 16 points ahead of the Red Devils after just 16 games, and another win will keep us at the top of the table ahead of Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp has never defeated the Red Devils during his Premier League career, and Georginio Wijnaldum spoke about the tie.

Georginio Wijnaldum

The Dutch midfielder believed we would put up a quality performance, claiming United are a good team while having a bit of a dig claiming they go out not to lose games (h/t Mirror):

“It’s a nice game. We’ll try to put in the same performance that we did against Napoli.

“Things can happen, everyone can have a bad season, it does not mean they [United] are not a good team with good players. Last season, with the same players, they finished second.

“They have good players, a good manager, and they know how to manage games and win games – or not to lose games! It is going to be difficult.”

Jose Mourinho always seems to have a plan when playing against Liverpool, whether it was his Chelsea days or his United days.

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We long for a win over the Red Devils, and with our team in great spirits, a win at Anfield could be on the books.

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