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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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Bad news for Liverpool? Gary Neville claims Man City will have this advantage over the Reds during next two Premier League match days

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Gary Neville

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville claims that Manchester City have an advantage over Liverpool in the next two rounds of the Premier League.

The Reds played before City in the last weekend and piled on the pressure after defeating Crystal Palace. City made light work of Huddersfield and will play before the Reds after the FA Cup and Carabao Cup games.

Neville was speaking to Sky Sports (h/t Express) and claimed playing first was preferable:

“[It makes] a big difference.

“It’s preferable.”

The Sky Sports pundit further claimed that during his playing days at United, the team felt playing first was an advantage. Getting the points first before their rivals was always preferred, according to Neville, and he believed City will put the pressure on Liverpool.

“Either go further in front or close the gap. There’s no doubt it’s a different type of pressure.

“City will absolutely want to be closing that gap to one point, and asking Liverpool have they got it in them to stand the pressure of playing the day after or two days after.”

Liverpool celebrate win over Crystal Palace

Liverpool players celebrate a win

City play Newcastle away a day before we host Leicester City. Pep Guardiola’s men then host Arsenal a day prior to us travelling to West Ham United.

The Premier League champions can cut the lead to just one point before we face Leicester, and it will be important for us to respond in the perfect manner, irrespective of City’s result.

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Liverpool haven’t dropped many points this season, and if we win these two Premier League games, the pressure will be back on our rivals as the race for the title heats up.

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“This makes me very happy”, “Extremely happy for him” – Some Liverpool fans excited as star Englishman returns to training in Dubai

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Liverpool

Liverpool are off to the sunny shores of Dubai for a much-needed warm weather break. The Reds lead the Premier League but came off two tough wins in recent weeks.

The last one saw us just about defeat Crystal Palace at Anfield and a few players are doubtful for the clash against Leicester City.

Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are facing fitness issues, however, there was some good news for the Liverpool fans as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was caught training in Dubai.

The Englishman picked up an ACL injury in our Champions League tie against AS Roma last season and has not played for the side since.

The Reds have missed his driving runs and goals this season. Who knows what the team could have done if Liverpool had Oxlade-Chamberlain playing from the first game in this campaign!

It would be fantastic if we can have the Ox back for some games during the later stage of the season as we look to win a trophy under Jurgen Klopp.

The Reds hold a four-point lead over Manchester City and have some tough games remaining this season.

Several fans were excited over Ox’s training and here are some of their reactions from Twitter.

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“He sometimes sends me messages” – Virgil van Dijk cannot believe this Liverpool legend texts him prior to games

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Virgil van Dijk in training

Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk has revealed that club legend Sir Kenny Dalglish messages the Dutchman before games.

Van Dijk is one of the best defenders in the world and has helped the Reds to the top of the Premier League.

The Dutchman joined the Reds from Southampton last year and told Liverpoolfc.com about spoke about the King being open with Van Dijk:

“Kenny Dalglish gave me his mobile number in the very beginning and told me to ring him at any time.

“It is unbelievable when he sometimes sends me messages before games. That is what Liverpool is about.”

The defender added that on match-days he gets to meet many legends and learn more about the club’s history.

The Dutch defender has possibly been the best player for the Reds this season, and could reach legendary status, just like Kenny if he keeps doing the job at the back.

It isn’t just Van Dijk who has been great, the rest of the Liverpool back-four has been fantastic in most games. The Dutchman is an incredible presence at the back, and he seems to make players better if they play alongside him.

The Reds have one of the best defences in Europe, and should we keep things tight at the back, there is a chance of winning silverware under Jurgen Klopp.

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If the Dutchman helps us to the Premier League title, there is no doubt he would be considered as one of the best to have ever played for Liverpool.

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