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

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Roberto Firmino of Liverpool

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.

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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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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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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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