Liverpool plan to ring in the changes against Manchester City with key players being left out and unexpected faces getting recalled
After an impressive victory against Atalanta in the Champions League, Liverpool now turns their attention to the Premier League match against rivals Manchester City at Etihad. This fixture in recent times has often been dubbed as the title decider even though the clash this early into the season won’t have implications on the title race. However, both sides will be keen to lay down a marker early in the season.
Alisson will keep his place in goal following stellar performances in the past fortnight. Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson will start in their respective position providing the usual endeavor and thrust down the flanks. Gomez will look to improve upon his last Etihad performance and get one over his English compatriot Raheem Sterling. Joel Matip will return to the side to provide his big-match experience and aerial prowess. Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips will deputize for Matip in case of any doubts over his fitness.
Klopp will rely on captain Jordan Henderson and reliable Gini Wijnaldum to provide much needed physical and ball retention in midfield. Naby Keita will provide energy and will act as the ball carrier in midfield to provide balls for the front three to feed on.
Firmino has an excellent record against City will be recalled to play in tandem with his usual partners in crime Sadio Mane and Mo Salah. The front three will look to make most of the counterattacking chances in the match. Reds can also choose to call upon Diogo Jota who has been in red hot form to provide more firepower. Reds will look for a morale-boosting win ahead of the international break to consolidate their position at the top of the league and to set the tone for the season ahead.
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