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Xherdan Shaqiri to start? – Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Fulham

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James Milner scores for Liverpool against Arsenal

Liverpool need to bounce back after their poor showing in the Champions League against Red Star Belgrade.

The next game for the Reds is against Fulham at Anfield. The Cottagers aren’t doing too well themselves sitting at the bottom of the Premier League.

The Reds are a couple of points behind Manchester City, who play Manchester United on Sunday, and a win would put pressure on the Cityzens.

Liverpool have to be wary of Fulham’s threat, something we didn’t seem to consider in our loss during midweek.

Jurgen Klopp should look to play his strongest team, and here is our predicted line-up for Sunday’s game.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson Becker (GK)

The Brazilian should have done better with the second goal he conceded against Red Star and needs a clean sheet on Sunday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The youngster was replaced at half-time by Klopp against Red Star but should start against Fulham due to his attacking crosses.

Joe Gomez (CB)

Gomez was brought on in the second half in midweek and should start against the minnows.

Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The Dutch defender had a decent enough game against Red Star and would want to help the Reds to all three points at the weekend.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson didn’t have a great time against Red Star as we looked flat in attack. The Scot should keep his place in the side before we head to the international break.

Fabinho (CM)

The Brazilian has been in and out of the side but should get a run-out against Fulham on Sunday.

James Milner scores for Liverpool

James Milner (CM)

Milner wasn’t great in our loss in midweek but we should see the Englishman start as we look to get the three points.

Sadio Mane (LAM)

Mane was poor in the game against Red Star as he barely did anything of note after 10 minutes. The Senegalese needs a good game and hopefully, it comes on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino (CAM)

Firmino didn’t start in midweek and even introducing him in the second half didn’t help the side to score a goal.

Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri (RAM)

Shaqiri did not travel with the side to Serbia in midweek and should make it to the starting line-up for Liverpool in place of Adam Lallana.

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Mohamed Salah (ST)

The Egyptian came close to scoring against Red Star as he hit the post and hopefully, he bags a goal against the Cottagers at Anfield on Sunday.

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Former Red believes Jose Mourinho could get sacked if Man United lose to Liverpool

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Jamie Redknapp Liverpool

Former Liverpool star Jamie Redknapp believes that a loss for Manchester United against Liverpool will inevitably lead to Jose Mourinho’s sacking.

The two giants of Premier League football meet on Sunday, and the Reds are 16 points ahead of United after just 16 games this season.

Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League and are giving Manchester City a run for their money in the race for the title.

The Reds know a win will keep them on top of the table while a loss for United could scupper their chances of a top-four finish.

Redknapp was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Metro) and claims such games are huge for the supporters:

“These sorts of games are season-definers. They are the ones that fans wait for. If United win, it will be, ‘Wow, okay, we’ve got to give this guy more time. He can turn it around’.

“But if they lose it will become a situation where you have a snowball effect. The inquest will be so big afterwards and it might feel that it’s all becoming inevitable for Jose.”

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

The former Red claimed that losing to Manchester City would be acceptable as they are one of the best sides in the world but a loss to the Reds would be too much.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

United do have a decent record against us in the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp in charge. Hopefully, we get the win on Sunday and keep our title dreams alive.

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“Do I have to win it?” – Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho’s latest trophy jibe

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Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Jurgen Klopp (left) and Jose Mourinho (right)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responded the latest Jose Mourinho jibe where the Manchester United manager claimed that trophies are important.

The United manager was speaking ahead of our clash against the Red Devils, and Klopp was not going to have any of it.

The German claimed that anything less than a trophy would not be considered as a failure after our great start to the season (h/t Liverpool Echo).

“Do I have to? Do I have to win it?”

“People might remember that but what I have to do is make the best of the things the club is offering me – that is what I believe in.”

The manager also spoke about the Champions League ride last season, claiming it was brilliant, even if we didn’t win the title.

Klopp also claimed that life wouldn’t be great if it was only about doing the best all the time.

“I enjoyed it a lot. Going to the final was fantastic but in life – in all departments of life including your job – if only the best counts and effort doesn’t count then life is s***.

“You can do whatever you want but if I’m not as smart as Einstein or whatever, I can’t try a little bit? I will never be him.

“I love the challenge. Make the best of it. That is how I understand life, I learned it a little bit in football. In the end other people have to judge that.”

The manager is yet to win a trophy during his time at Liverpool, but came close by making it to three finals. Liverpool have made their best start ever in the club’s history, and lead the Premier League after 16 games.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp claims Liverpool will not make any winter signings this season

Klopp could certainly make this season even better with a win over United on Sunday, a feat the German has never achieved in the Premier League.

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Liverpool star claims this action against Napoli was similar to scoring a goal

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Alisson

Alisson produced the moment of our Champions League campaign when he saved in the dying seconds from Arkadiusz Milik.

The save ensured Liverpool defeated Napoli in our final group game 1-0, and we can now think about the knockout rounds.

The Brazilian has been exceptional for us since signing from AS Roma, and the keeper spoke to the Times (h/t ESPN) claiming that the save almost felt like scoring a game-winning goal.

“A save at the end of the game is always great and you feel you have contributed to the game.

“Of course, an important save in the first minute is as important as a save in the last minute but for the fans it’s the closest thing to scoring a goal in the last minute, like we did in the derby against Everton.”

Alisson Liverpool

The former Roma keeper also thanked the teammates for helping secure the win.

“But I only managed to make that save with the help of my teammates’ contribution and thank God we got the victory.”

The next test for the Brazilian would be the clash against Manchester United. A win will keep us at the top of the table, and we need to put United to the sword on Sunday.

Read more: Jurgen Klopp provides crucial injury update ahead of clash against Manchester United

Alisson was excellent in our draw against Chelsea in the Premier League and has only grown in stature. Hopefully, the Brazilian puts up a fantastic performance against our arch rivals.

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