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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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Liverpool could face one of these five teams in knockout round of Champions League

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Liverpool learn their possible opponents for Champions League knockout round

Liverpool had to avoid defeat on the final day of the Champions League group stage to ensure a place in the last 16.

The Reds had some iffy moments against RB Salzburg but came out on top thanks to a couple of fine goals.

Naby Keita and Mohamed Salah got the pair for the Reds and we finished as group winners.

Mohamed Salah
Mohamed Salah got a goal and an assist in the 3-0 win over Bournemouth (Image credit: Getty)

All eyes will be on the Champions League draw, and there are some quality teams we could face.

The rules state that we cannot play against another English team or the second-placed team from our group.

Napoli, Chelsea and Tottenham are ruled out, and that leaves just five second-placed teams who could face us.

Atalanta, Lyon, Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid are the possible opponents for us in the next round.

Liverpool should fear no one

Facing Atletico or Real would be scary proposition for any side in the world, but this Liverpool team is something else.

We have not lost a single two-legged European affair under Jurgen Klopp and have beaten some quality sides over the years.

Manchester City, Barcelona, AS Roma and Bayern Munich have all been put to the sword. A clash against Real would also give us the chance to exorcise some demons from the 2018 Champions League final.

Liverpool lift Champions League trophy
Jordan Henderson lifts the Champions League trophy (Image credit: Getty)

Although the Reds are great, we shouldn’t take any of the other teams lightly too. Atalanta have impressed in their first season in the Champions League while Dortmund and Lyon are capable of performing well.

The first leg of the last 16s will take place on 18/19 February or 26/26 February. The return legs will be played on 10/11 March or 17/18 March.

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Liverpool will play the second leg at home given that they finished at the top of their group.

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Liverpool seem set to miss out on 20-year-old Bundesliga attacker

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Liverpool set to miss out on Kai Havertz signing

Liverpool are in danger of missing out on Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz, according to Bild (h/t Liverpool Echo).

The German international has been great for club and country over the past two years. His form this season hasn’t been great though, with just four goals and an assist.

Kai Havertz
Kai Havertz scored 17 goals for Bayer Leverkusen in the previous Bundesliga campaign (Image credit: Getty)

Leverkusen aren’t doing all that bad in the Bundesliga though. They lie sixth in the table just five points off the top.

The report claims that Liverpool have been linked with the 20-year-old in recent months. However, Manchester United are the ones who are showing the most interest in the German attacker.

Havertz is capable of playing in several attacking positions and would be an excellent addition to this team.

The German could provide cover for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino too, given his versatility.

January targets for Liverpool

It will be interesting to see if we make any moves in the January window. Our side looks great but injuries are piling up at the moment.

Jurgen Klopp and Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren (R) left the field with an injury at the Vitality Stadium (Image credit: Getty)

Dejan Lovren picked up a knock in the win over RB Salzburg while we have Fabinho and Joel Matip out for a while.

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We might not require an attacker in January, but a defensive player could provide cover for the injuries and options for the remainder of the campaign.

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Liverpool emerge as shock contenders to sign this Ligue 1 dynamo

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Liverpool emerge as shock contenders for PSG’s Neymar

Liverpool are one of the clubs that want to sign Neymar, according to Le Parisian (h/t Express).

The 27-year-old left Barcelona to join Paris Saint-Germain to become the most expensive player in the world.

However, the report claims that PSG want to cut their losses and the Reds are monitoring the Brazilian star.

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Neymar joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona (Image credit: AFP)

Neymar tried to return to Barcelona in the previous summer window, but the Catalans didn’t have enough money for the deal (h/t Express).

Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in the Brazilian (h/t Express).

Neymar missed a chunk of this season due to an injury but he still has six goals and an assist from eight Ligue 1 games.

Liverpool don’t need Neymar

Although the Brazilian is one of the most talented players in the world, the Reds don’t need him in the team.

Our attack could improve with Neymar in the side but there have been problems with his attitude in the past.

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Neymar is one of the best players int he world (Image credit: AFP)

The 27-year-old also has missed several games due to injuries while at Barcelona and PSG.

Liverpool are a well-oiled machine at the moment, and the last thing we need is a big ego coming in and making things difficult for the playing and coaching staff.

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Jurgen Klopp has made astute signings since taking over at the club, and it will be interesting to see who his next target could be.

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