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



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.

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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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ESPN pundit claims this Liverpool star is perfect to replace Luis Suarez at Barcelona



Liverpool FC transfer news: ESPN pundit claims Roberto Firmino would be a great fit at Barcelona

Roberto Firmino has to be one of the best players in the Premier League, and ESPN pundit Paul Mariner believes the Brazilian would be a great fit at Barcelona.

The Daily Star reports that Barcelona are looking for a replacement to Luis Suarez. The former Liverpool star has been excellent at the Catalans but at 32, he is nearing the twilight of his career.

Suarez isn’t the only player to have moved to the Nou Camp with Philippe Coutinho joining them last year.

Mariner was asked who would be the replacement for the Uruguayan and claimed that Firmino is the right man, even if he was going to upset a few fans (h/t Daily Star):

“Just look at some of his link up play and I think that would be perfect for Barcelona.

“I know Coutinho hasn’t done it at Barca but Firmino is a different player.

“Firmino for me does it all. He is tremendous.”

Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

Firmino’s future set at Anfield?

The Brazilian has been wonderful under Jurgen Klopp and the German has made the forward a better player since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.

The forward also signed a new deal recently and has formed a great partnership alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

The former Hoffenheim star does more than score goals, as he does a lot of work for the team. The 27-year-old is integral to the way we play, and it would be a major surprise if we think about selling the Brazilian.

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Firmino could play for any side in the world, but thankfully he is one of us and can achieve great things under the German.

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“Liverpool are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants



Liverpool players celebrate win

Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash

Bayern Munich’s German international Joshua Kimmich has installed Liverpool as favourites ahead of the Champions League round of 16 clash against Bayern Munich.

The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):

“Liverpool are the favourites.

“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”

Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool

Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.

Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool

Jurgen Klopp

The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.

“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”

Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.

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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.

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19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer



Joao Felix

Joao Felix

Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).

The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.

However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.

Liverpool's Ryan Kent

Ryan Kent

Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan

Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.

Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.

We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.

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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.

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