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21/1/2023 | 10:05am
Liverpool will host Chelsea of their Premier League conflict at Anfield within the early kick-off and Jurgen Klopp might be hoping that his workforce can carry their assured efficiency from the FA Cup replay earlier this week into as we speak’s assembly.
The Reds are presently ninth within the prime flight desk, while Chelsea are tenth, and taking all three factors in entrance of the house help would put them simply two behind Tottenham Hotspur in fifth.
When it comes to accidents, Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Virgil van Dijk, Arthur Melo and Roberto Firmino stay unavailable for choice, nevertheless, there’s one necessary participant who might be set for a return to the beginning line-up.
Klopp confirmed in his pre-match press convention that star summer time signing Darwin Nunez might be in competition to begin this afternoon which might be an enormous enhance for Liverpool of their attacking menace.
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With that in thoughts, that is how we at Soccer FanCast anticipate Liverpool to line up in opposition to Chelsea…
Predicted Liverpool XI: Alisson Becker (GK); Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB), Ibrahima Konate (CB) Joe Gomez (CB), Andy Robertson (LB); Fabinho (CDM), Thiago Alcantara (CM), Naby Keita (CM); Mohammed Salah (RW), Darwin Nunez (ST), Cody Gakpo (LW).
We predict that Klopp will make six modifications to the workforce that beat Wolverhampton Wanderers earlier this week.
The primary two modifications we anticipate to see are Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson reprising their roles within the again 4 alongside Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez.
It wouldn’t be shocking if the 2 centre-backs retain their spots within the workforce after maintaining a clear sheet at Molineux and with Van Dijk nonetheless absent a little bit of continuity within the again line actually wouldn’t harm.
In midfield, we predict that the Liverpool boss will make only one change with Fabinho returning to the beginning line-up alongside Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara within the centre of the pitch.
We anticipate Mohammed Salah and Darwin Nunez to affix Cody Gakpo within the entrance three, with the newly signed Dutchman transferring out to the left changing Fabio Carvalho with a purpose to make method for his 23-year-old teammate.
Ought to Darwin Nunez begin vs Chelsea?
The Uruguayan striker – who was hailed “scary” by Jamie Carragher – will doubtless return to his centre-forward position this afternoon as his unpredictable and energetic presence within the ahead line may terrify Chelsea’s defenders.
It gained’t be a straightforward conflict when the Reds meet Graham Potter’s aspect, nevertheless, Klopp will certainly be hoping that the return of Nunez and Salah within the workforce can get them off to an early lead in entrance of the Anfield crowd throughout his one thousandth recreation in administration.