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Salah, Mane and Firmino to start? – Predicted Liverpool line-up to face Brighton

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Liverpool return to Premier League action on Saturday after suffering a second defeat in as many games. The latest one came in the FA Cup against Wolves as we were dumped out of the competition.

Jurgen Klopp rested several players in the tie, but the others could not step up at Molineux. Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino came on late in the game to get a second equaliser but we should see the pair start at Brighton.

The major concern would be regarding the Liverpool defence. Dejan Lovren picked up a hamstring injury in the loss against Wolves, and we need to find a partner for Virgil van Dijk.

Brighton will certainly target the heart of our defence on Saturday, and here is our predicted line-up for Liverpool.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

The keeper was rested in the FA Cup and should start for us on Saturday against the Seagulls.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

Another player that was rested for the FA Cup clash, Trent has to be at his best against a tough looking side.

Mohamed Salah Virgil van Dijk Liverpool

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

If anyone required a rest it had to be Van Dijk, and the Dutchman returning for the team will be a huge boost for us.

Fabinho (CB)

It will be a tough test for Fabinho against Brighton, but the Brazilian got a taste of life as a centre-back at Molineux and should look to put up another shift on Saturday.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson has been a star for us this season, and the Scot will put up a better performance than Alberto Moreno did on Monday.

Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Wijnaldum could be played alongside Van Dijk as he has experience of playing in a back three, but he has been excellent in midfielder this season, and Klopp should not mess with that.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

The captain should start for us on Saturday, and he needs to take control of the game.

Sadio Mane (LAM)

The Senegal international needs to be at his best after a tough game against Manchester City where he came close to scoring.

Roberto Firmino (CAM)

Firmino should play as the attacking midfielder, and even if he can’t score, his runs will mean trouble for Brighton’s defence.

Xherdan Shaqiri Liverpool

Xherdan Shaqiri (RAM)

The Swiss star started in our loss against Wolves but should keep his place as we could do with his creativity in the final third.

Read more: Former Liverpool star urges club to replace “weak link” with this Senegal powerhouse

Mohamed Salah (ST)

The Liverpool star could play as the forward on Saturday, in the 4-2-3-1 formation that Klopp has often deployed this season.

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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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