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Henderson to receive a start ahead of Shaqiri? – Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Manchester City

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Manchester City host Liverpool in what could be the game of the season at the Etihad. The Cityzens lie seven points behind us in the Premier League table and have to win in hopes of catching us.

Liverpool are unbeaten after 20 games and come off an impressive 5-1 hammering of Arsenal. It felt like the Reds had a couple of gears left in them but didn’t need to ramp up the energy to overcome the Gunners.

Jurgen Klopp saw his side draw 0-0 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and a point at the Etihad would be a great result for the remainder of the campaign.

The German has some tough decisions to make regarding who starts in the midfield, and here is our predicted line-up for the Reds.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The Brazilian has been excellent for us between the sticks and needs to have a fantastic game as City should come all guns blazing.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

Trent has to be wary of the threat possessed by the City attackers, but his forward runs could pose a problem for the Blues too.

Dejan Lovren Liverpool

Dejan Lovren celebrates for Liverpool

Dejan Lovren (CB)

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip out, Lovren should remain in the side and hopefully, he puts in a quality performance on Thursday.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Van Dijk has been one of the best players for Liverpool this season and will have his hands full with Sergio Aguero looking to score.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson is the other player that has to be wary of threats such as Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.

Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

The Dutch midfielder has been excellent for us and needs to play with a lot of energy on Thursday.

Fabinho (CM)

We could see the Brazilian start as his interceptions and tackles could be key to us dominating the midfield.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

Xherdan Shaqiri would be too much of an attacking threat, and just to balance things out, Henderson could be given the start on Thursday.

Mohamed Salah (RW)

The Egyptian could be shifted wide to give us more control in midfield, but that should not be a problem for the forward.

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino and Andy Robertson

Roberto Firmino (ST)

Firmino scored a hat-trick in the win over the Gunners, and the Liverpool forward needs to be at his best on Thursday.

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Sadio Mane (LW)

The Senegal international seems to be scoring the vital goals for us with strikes against Manchester United and Arsenal and could have a great day against the City defence.

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Transfer Watch: Liverpool’s midfield target scores stunning hat-trick against Mainz

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James Rodriguez

Latest Liverpool news: Liverpool target James Rodriguez scores hat-trick for Bayern Munich

Liverpool have been linked with Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, according to El Confidencial (h/t Mirror).

The 27-year-old is on loan at Bayern Munich and is set to complete his two-year spell in the Bundesliga.

The report claims that Bayern might not sign the Colombian at the end of the two-year spell and Real would be looking to sell the former Monaco star.

Rodriguez hasn’t been consistent during his time in Germany, and he was poor in Bayern’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool in their Champions League exit in midweek.

However, the Colombian returned to form for Bayern as they scored six past a hapless Mainz side

Rodriguez on fire against Mainz

The Colombian scored a brilliant hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Mainz as they kept their spot at the top of the Bundesliga.

The first goal wasn’t great but the second one was a screamer from outside the box. The Colombian then had the poise to chip the onrushing the keeper to complete his hat-trick.

Rodriguez could do a good job for us but his price point will be a big concern. The report suggests that Real would be looking at a minimum of £59m for the 27-year-old.

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The Colombian hasn’t been able to replicate his form from the 2014 World Cup at Real and Bayern, and maybe another change in scenery could get the attacker’s career back on track.

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La liga giants interested in 22-year-old Liverpool target starring in Germany

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Julian Brandt

Liverpool FC transfer news: Spanish giants interested in Liverpool target Julian Brandt

Julian Brandt is one of the brightest players in the Bundesliga, and Bild (h/t Calciomercato) reports that Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are interested in the 22-year-old.

The report claims that the Liverpool target has a release clause of €25m should Bayer Leverkusen fail to finish in the Champions League positions in the Bundesliga.

The top four in Germany make it to the Champions League with Leverkusen holding the sixth spot at the moment.

The report adds that the club is preparing for life without Brandt and the activation of the release clause.

Brandt lighting it up in the Bundesliga

The 22-year-old has scored four goals and provided nine assists in the Bundesliga this season. The German international can play in several positions across the pitch and it will be interesting to see where he lands up next season.

Liverpool could do with more attacking players, especially as cover for Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane.

Brandt would be a fantastic signing for the Reds given his age and potential, and his release clause isn’t that high either.

Jurgen Klopp has had a great run regarding his transfers with most of them performing well since moving to Anfield.

The Reds were busy in the transfer window in the summer and Klopp recently claimed that Liverpool would not spend huge in the summer.

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Klopp has built a formidable side at Anfield and we need just a few more quality signings to take us to another level.

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Liverpool to battle London giants for 19-year-old attacker with €30m release clause

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Jota Benfica

Latest Liverpool transfer news: Liverpool interested in Benfica youngster Jota

Liverpool are interested in 19-year-old Benfica forward Jota, also known as Joao Filipe, according to the Telegraph.

The report claims that the forward has a release clause of €30million and the youngster made his breakthrough to the first-team recently.

Liverpool face competition from Tottenham and Arsenal as they keep tabs on the teenager. The report claims that Tottenham sent scouts to watch the youngster in action during the Europa League clash against Dinamo Zagreb.

The youngster can play out wide or as a central striker, and the report claims that Jota could be sold before participating in this years U20 World Cup in Poland.

Benfica holding tight to their stars

Jota is another talent coming through the Benfica academy and the report claims that their president will not allow players to leave below their respective release clauses.

Mohamed Salah of Liverpool

Mohamed Salah

The report adds that Jota’s contract is up in 2022 and there are discussions to increase his release substantially by offering him a new deal.

Jota could be an exciting talent for the future and it is to be seen how we deal with this link. The Reds could do with more attacking options given that only Xherdan Shaqiri is an out-and-out winger in the first-team.

Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane don’t have a lot of competition on the wings and we have seen Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge play out wide this season.

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Spending €30m on a player with potential is certainly risky, however, Jurgen Klopp’s success rate with transfers at Liverpool has been high.

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