Liverpool face Leeds United in the late kick-off tonight (Saturday) looking to bounce back from last weekend’s loss to Nottingham Forest. The Reds were 3-0 winners against Ajax in midweek to book their spot in the Champions League knockouts and now go in search of domestic victory. Express Sport looks at how Jurgen Klopp may line up against relegation-threatened Leeds at Anfield, where the hosts are 29 games unbeaten in the Premier League.
Goalkeeper – Alisson
Alisson may have one less clean sheet than Manchester City’s Ederson and Newcastle’s Nick Pope but the Brazilian has arguably been the best goalkeeper in the league this season. Certainly he has been Klopp’s most consistent performer.
Were it not for Alisson, as he proved at Forest, Liverpool might be in an even worse state than they already are. He will continue his run as an ever-present in the XI here.
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Defence – Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson
Liverpool’s defence has been their biggest cause for concern this season but against struggling Leeds, Klopp will surely opt to start both first-choice full-backs in the league for the first time since the win over Newcastle on August 31.
There could be a change in between Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson, though, with Joe Gomez in line for a rest after completing the full 90 minutes in all of Liverpool’s last five games. Ibrahima Konate is fit again and could come in as Virgil van Dijk’s centre-back partner. Joel Matip remains unavailable.
Midfield – Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott
Thiago Alcantara has missed Liverpool’s last two matches with an ear infection but is available again. Jordan Henderson suffered a knock at Ajax but Klopp said on Friday he expects his captain to be OK.
Still, Thiago could replace him to start alongside Fabinho with Henderson then on the bench. Harvey Elliott scored at Ajax and likewise is likely to remain in the starting XI.
Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are fully fit again but Naby Keita is not yet ready to be involved. James Milner should be among the second-half substitutes against his old side but on-loan Arthur Melo is out for the long haul.
Attack – Firmino, Nunez, Salah
Darwin Nunez returned to the team in Amsterdam and despite missing a tap-in, made amends with a header to make it four goals in his last four starts across all competitions. The Uruguayan – who netted his first Anfield goal against West Ham – will again start here.
Nunez nd Mohamed Salah should operate as the most advanced attackers. Roberto Firmino is again likely to be asked to support the pair as a No 10, with Luis Diaz and Diogo Jota out until after Christmas with long-term problems.
Liverpool predicted XI vs Leeds United: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Thiago, Elliott; Firmino, Nunez, Salah