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Xherdan Shaqiri to face Everton? – Predicted Liverpool line-up for Merseyside derby

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Xherdan Shaqiri of Liverpool

Liverpool won’t have it easy as they play Everton in the Merseyside derby on Sunday. The Blues come into the game with some good form under Marco Silva while the Reds lost their previous game against Paris Saint-Germain.

Although Liverpool have struggled in the Champions League this season, our Premier League form has been much better.

We are yet to taste defeat in the league, and win should keep us in the hunt for the title. The Reds will have to make one change in the side with Jordan Henderson suspended, and here is our predicted line-up for Jurgen Klopp’s side.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson Becker (GK)

The Brazilian had a couple of good saves against PSG, and needs to be at his best to keep Everton out.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The Merseyside derby could be a great moment for Trent, and hopefully, he puts up a quality performance.

Virgil van Dijk & Joe Gomez of Liverpool

Joe Gomez (CB)

Gomez should be shifted into the middle of the defence alongside Virgil van Dijk for this clash.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

The Dutch defender has to be in top form against the Toffees and he would be looking to keep a clean sheet for Liverpool.

Andy Robertson (LB)

The Scot would be an important outlet for our attack with his crosses but he has to be wary of the threat possessed by the likes of Bernard too.

Fabinho Liverpool

Fabinho (CM)

With Henderson being suspended, we should see Fabinho start for Liverpool and provide protection for the back four.

James Milner (CM)

It is a toss-up between Georginio Wijnaldum and Milner, but the Englishman should just shade it and start for the Reds.

Sadio Mane (LAM)

Mane knows the value of a Merseyside winner, and the Senegal attacker needs a quality game for the Reds on Sunday.

Roberto Firmino (CAM)

The Brazilian should be shifted to a central role behind Mohamed Salah and Firmino needs to have a good game after a few average performances.

Xherdan Shaqiri (RAM)

The Swiss star got a few minutes off the bench against PSG but should start at Anfield on Sunday.

Read more: “Bringing one player in would change everything?” – Jurgen Klopp expresses displeasure at suggestions to improve midfield

Mohamed Salah (ST)

We need Salah to be at his best, and a Merseyside derby could see the Egyptian bang a goal or two.

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Liverpool unlikely to make January signings as Klopp wants to keep a close unit

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Liverpool won’t sign players in January unless they face a big problem

The Liverpool Echo’s Paul Gorst took part in a regular Q+A session after our loss to Napoli in the Champions League.

The journalist was asked about a range of topics regarding the club including our plans in the winter window and when our injured players could return.

Liverpool didn’t make any big signings in the summer as they signed a couple of young players. We did sign Adrian and Andy Lonergan but those were done to provide cover for Alisson.

Gorst was asked if the Reds would make any signings in the January window, and he claimed that it would take a major problem for any deal to take place (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“I think for Liverpool to be active in the January window there would have to be a big problem at Anfield.

“Klopp likes the close-knit makeup of his squad and prefers his numbers to be trim. I don’t see a scenario where the Reds boss is delving into the market to make a significant addition at this stage.”

The journalist added that Klopp believes in the current crop of players after the perfect start to the Premier League campaign.

Klopp averse to making winter signings

The German isn’t known to make big winter signings and it would be a huge deal if the manager makes a move in January.

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

The Reds have a pretty strong team and it will be interesting to see how our season develops in the coming months.

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We have looked good so far this season and were a little unlucky to return from Napoli without a point.

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Liverpool interested in 27-year-old Real Madrid star but face competition from Premier League rivals

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Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid attacker Isco

Calciomercato (h/t AS) reports that Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s talented Spaniard Isco.

The 27-year-old can play in several positions in the attack and has scored one goal and provided one assist for the Madrid side this season.

Isco has had his troubles with Real in the past season or so and only started 11 La Liga games for them.

Isco
Isco

The 27-year-old did appear in 16 league games as a substitute, with Real changing managers thrice in the previous campaign.

Zinedine Zidane is back at the helm of the La Liga giants and Isco hasn’t played for the side since the 1-1 draw against Valladolid at the end of August.

The report claims that there is further interest in Isco, with Manchester City and Juventus also keen on the 27-year-old.

Do Liverpool need Isco?

The Spaniard is a great talent but his inconsistency has been a problem over the past 18 months or so.

Liverpool could use a playmaker just behind the front-three and Isco is capable of playing in that position.

However, the Spaniard has mostly been used in the wide positions this season, and it will be interesting to see if he is on the move later on.

Liverpool have three of the best attackers in world football at the moment, and there is immense competition for places in the midfield too.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita could provide us with an attacking dimension from the midfield. However, the pair have had their injury problems in recent years.

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Isco would be a valuable addition to the team, but he won’t be guaranteed a starting spot. Landing the Spaniard on the cheap would be good business, but we shouldn’t break the bank for the 27-year-old.

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Spanish star linked with Liverpool after excellent display in Champions League

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Fabian Ruiz of Napoli linked with Liverpool after excellent display

Liverpool’s Champions League opener might not have gone their way with a 2-0 defeat at Napoli.

The Reds were unlucky to concede a penalty late in the game, with replays showing that Jose Callejon had fallen over before contact was made with Andy Robertson.

Dries Mertens made no mistake from the spot and we tried to get back into the game.

Fabian Ruiz

Fernando Llorente scored in the dying seconds of the game after some miscommunication at the back, but we had our chances to score too.

One player who impressed in the midfield was Fabian Ruiz. The Spaniard was linked with the Reds before the clash (h/t Calciomercato) and did a great job in controlling the midfield.

The 23-year-old has been great for Napoli under Carlo Ancelotti, and reports (h/t Liverpool Echo) claim that the midfielder is being linked with Liverpool once again.

A quality signing for the Reds?

Liverpool do have a packed midfield with the likes of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain yet to shine this season.

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum are great as a unit but the likes of James Milner and Adam Lallana are in their 30s and cannot start every game for us.

Marko Grujic
Marko Grujic celebrates

Marko Grujic has also impressed at Hertha Berlin on loan, and he should be handed a chance to prove his ability at Anfield.

The Serbian would be a smart option for the Reds but Ruiz seems to be a more complete article right now.

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Calciomercato added that Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid were also interested in the Spaniard, and it will be interesting to see if Ruiz is on the move next season.

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