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



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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Latest Liverpool news: Barnes warns Mane’s form could dip later in the season

Sadio Mane has been a machine for Liverpool over the past two seasons. The Senegal star was involved in the World Cup, played almost every game for us last season and then took the national side to the AFCON final.

Barely three weeks after the final, he was back at Liverpool and came off the bench to face Norwich. Mane has bagged three goals in his last two games and should feature for us against Arsenal at the weekend.

Former Liverpool star John Barnes claims that Mane is in fine form due to a lack of rest for the attacker, and we could pay for that later in the season.

Barnes was speaking to the Sport Review and claimed that Klopp would be able to manage this situation (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“Maybe one of the reasons Sadio Mane in fine form is because he’s fitter than everybody else because he hasn’t had the time off, which he could pay for later on in the season, come Christmas time.

“But I’m sure that Klopp will be able to manage that situation.”

Liverpool’s over-reliance on their forwards

Klopp has rotated his midfield several times over the past two seasons but isn’t afforded the same luxury when it comes to the forwards.

Roberto Firmino only missed games when he was injured in the previous campaign, while Mohamed Salah also played in most of the games.

Liverpool have Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi as cover for the pair, but they aren’t on the same level as the African stars.

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Salah and Mane are extremely durable, given the number of games played over the past two years, and they seem to be performing at a high level and barely look tired.

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“I don’t want to talk about it”: Klopp refuses to confirm if Liverpool star’s future is at Anfield



Latest Liverpool transfer news: Klopp doesn’t confirm Lovren’s future at club

Jurgen Klopp was speaking to the press ahead of the weekend clash against Arsenal.

The German touched upon a range of topics from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return to Alisson and Naby Keita’s injuries.

There was some transfer talk during the conference as Klopp was asked about Dejan Lovren’s future.

The Croatian has been linked with a move away in the summer (h/t Calciomercato) and Liverpool cannot buy a player until the winter window.

The European transfer window closes on 2nd September, and Klopp was not going to share any details regarding Lovren’s future (h/t Liverpool Echo):

“No comment on Lovren. A potential transfer or not, I don’t want to talk about it.”

Liverpool need to keep four quality centre-backs

Losing Lovren now would be a big blow as we would only have three recognised senior centre-backs until January. This is a risk that Klopp should not take and hopefully, we can keep hold of the Croatian until the end of the season.

Lovren is fourth-choice at the club, thanks to the form shown by Joel Matip and Joe Gomez but should feature in some of our cup games this season.

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Klopp has always been coy with regards to players coming in or going out of the club and hopefully, we aren’t left to rue Lovren’s sale this month.

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Liverpool open case regarding transfer of 20-year-old attacker to Serie A club



Latest Liverpool news: Adekanye given reprieve as Liverpool dispute transfer

Bobby Adekanye left Liverpool in the summer to join Lazio in the Serie A. The former Barcelona and Ajax youngster left on a free without making a senior appearance for the Reds.

However, Liverpool believe that the Italians broke the rules to sign the Dutch attacker and opened a case that could have seen the 20-year-old not play for Lazio in the season opener, according to Calciomercato.

Bobby Adekanye

Bobby Adekanye

FIFA have acted upon this complaint and announced that the youngster has been granted a reprieve and can play for Lazio against Sampdoria in the first game of the season (h/t Calciomercato).

The report adds that the youngster can feature for Lazio until the dispute is completed, and Adekanye could feature for the Eagles on Sunday.

Adekanye struggles to break into the senior side

The attacker has come through the ranks of several quality academies in his short career but he was never able to impress Jurgen Klopp enough to feature in the first-team.

The youngster didn’t feature much in our pre-season this summer and Klopp already has quality wingers in the first-team at the moment.

Impressive youngsters such as Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent can’t break into the side either, with both players spending time away on loan last season.

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It would have been difficult for Adekanye to feature for the senior side this season and hopefully, he gets more games at Lazio.

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