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Klopp to make a big decision up top? – Predicted Liverpool XI to face Tottenham in the Champions League final

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Tottenham vs Liverpool predictions: Liverpool lineup

Liverpool have the chance to win a sixth Champions League crown and all that stands in their way is Premier League rival Tottenham. Both teams pulled off incredible comebacks in their semi-final second legs to reach the final in Madrid.

Liverpool overturned a 3-0 deficit in the first leg against Barcelona while Tottenham scored three goals in 45 second-half minutes to dump out Ajax.

The pair was given three weeks to train and prepare for this game, given that the Premier League campaign ended a while back. Liverpool had a couple of injury concerns, with Roberto Firmino and Naby Keita carrying knocks. The Brazilian has been declared fit by manager Jurgen Klopp while Keita misses out on the squad altogether.

Klopp doesn’t have a great record with Liverpool when it comes to cup finals, having lost all three. However, the German should be confident ahead of the clash. Liverpool beat Tottenham twice in the Premier League this season, and hopefully, we can win when it counts the most.

Predicted Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Manager: Jurgen Klopp

Alisson (GK)

Alisson was the best goalkeeper in the Premier League as he conceded the least number of goals, and his presence between the sticks will make it tougher for Spurs to score.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

The right-back has been in excellent form for the Reds this season, and his deliveries will be one of the keys to us winning the Champions League.

Virgil van Dijk (CB)

Possibly the best defender in the world, Van Dijk needs to keep things calm at the back as we look to win the title.

Joel Matip (CB)

The Cameroon defender has been one of the stars for us in the second half of the season and should keep his place in the team.

Andy Robertson (LB)

Robertson has been another star for us and will be a threat, like Trent down the flanks.

Fabinho (CDM)

The Brazilian has become an important part of the team since joining from Monaco and has to keep Tottenham’s attack in check by breaking up the play.

Jordan Henderson (CM)

Hendo has taken his game to another level in recent months, and the captain should start for us tonight.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

The Dutch midfielder scored a brace in the win over Barcelona and hopefully, he does the same against Spurs.

Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane has had a wonderful campaign so far for Liverpool and he would want to score in the final, as he did last season.

Roberto Firmino (ST)

This is the only tough decision that Klopp has to make. Divock Origi scored a pair in the win over Barcelona, however, Firmino should get the nod since he has been declared fit.

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Mohamed Salah (RW)

The Egyptian should be charged up for the final after leaving the pitch injured last season. Salah has to be at his best as Liverpool look to win their first title under Klopp.

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“He should be the one” – Anfield legend believes Liverpool should look to sign this in-form English star

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Carragher wants Reds to sign Maddison

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher wants the Reds to sign James Maddison of Leicester City.

The English midfielder had a fine debut season for the Foxes after joining from Norwich City in the previous campaign.

Maddison was excellent in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this weekend and created several chances for the away side.

James Maddison

Liverpool didn’t sign a senior outfield player in the summer but Carragher believed that the Leicester City man is the one that the Reds should target (h/t Mirror):

“I think he is the one player outside of the top six who Liverpool should be looking at.”

Carragher was speaking on Sky Sports (h/t Mirror) and believed that Maddison is the player who could take us to the next step even though he would cost a lot of money:

“People have been talking about Coutinho coming back, but obviously that hasn’t happened as he has gone to Bayern Munich, but if you are looking in the Premier League, yes he will cost a lot of money, but he should be the one Liverpool are looking at if you are going to that next step up.”

An expensive signing for Klopp’s side?

The Reds have several midfield options in their current team but there isn’t one player who can create chances for the attackers.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are two attack-minded midfielders but they aren’t as creative as Maddison.

The 22-year-old has grown since his move to the King Power Stadium and it will be interesting to see how he performs this season.

Brendan Rodgers has worked well with young talent in the past and our former manager seems to be getting the best out of Maddison.

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Leicester sold Harry Maguire for a huge sum this summer, and they won’t let the Englishman leave easily anytime soon.

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“He needs to be patient” – Klopp believes Liverpool star will be back to his best despite slow start

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Latest Liverpool news: Klopp wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to be patient regarding game time

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back to full fitness and started in our last two games.

However, his performance in the UEFA Super Cup wasn’t great, while he did an excellent job in the second half against Southampton.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

The Ox was subbed off at half-time against Chelsea in Istanbul, and Klopp claimed the midfielder needs to be patient before he gets back to his best (h/t Mirror):

“He needs to be patient in the right way, and everything will be fine 100 per cent. We only talk about Ox because everybody knows how good he is.

“We need to make sure that he can show that on the pitch as well. When I make the decision that he is now ready then it is my responsibility of course, and the boy only has to try to do his best. That’s what Ox obviously did.”

Ox needs more time on the field

The English midfielder almost missed an entire season due to the knee injury he picked up against Roma, and he will get back to his best after getting more minutes on the pitch.

Klopp added that playing him in an advanced position in the Super Cup didn’t work out, but claimed that things would be alright for the midfielder soon.

Liverpool need the Ox to remain injury-free for the majority of this season as he provides a different dimension to the team.

The former Arsenal star provides a greater attacking threat from the midfield and hopefully, he can create several chances for our forwards.

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Liverpool’s next game is against Oxlade-Chamberlain’s former club, and it will be interesting to see if the Englishman faces the Gunners on Saturday.

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Liverpool coach confirms discussions to sign former Tottenham star available on a free transfer

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Liverpool FC transfer news: Achterberg confirms signing Vorm has been discussed

Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg confirmed that Michel Vorm’s name has been discussed by the Champions League holders.

The Reds have seen Alisson pick up a calf injury in the first game of the Premier League season while Adrian was declared fit to play against Southampton at the weekend.

Andy Lonergan was on the bench for the trip to St Mary’s and we could be in further trouble if either of the senior keepers picks up a problem.

Adrian

Adrian at Southampton

Vorm was one of the best players for Swansea during his spell in the Premier League but his move to Tottenham saw him become the understudy to Hugo Lloris.

The Dutchman left Spurs at the end of last season, and Achterberg told NOS (h/t Liverpool Echo) that having quality keepers in the side isn’t an issue:

“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said this. Michel Vorm’s arrival has been discussed.”

The coach praised Lonergan for his experience in the lower leagues and added that Caoimhin Kelleher is a decent option too given that the academy starlet plays for Ireland’s youth teams.

A good move for Liverpool?

Liverpool cannot buy a senior keeper from another club as the transfer window has closed but they can sign free agents.

Michel Vorm

Michel Vorm

It will be difficult to find a better option than Vorm given his experience in the Premier League. However, the Dutch keeper would be the third choice below Adrian and above Lonergan.

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Liverpool cannot take risks with this position, and pushing Kelleher into the starting XI would be riskier than playing Vorm.

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