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Liverpool predicted XI today: Jurgen Klopp snubs £48m man in favour of ‘unbelievable’ 19-year-old

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Liverpool predicted XI today: Jurgen Klopp snubs £48m man in favour of ‘unbelievable’ 19-year-old

Premier League champions Liverpool will look to add another trophy to their growing collection when they face Arsenal in the Community Shield this afternoon at Wembley.

It has been a memorable 15 months for the Reds, who claimed the Champions League last summer before going on to become Club World Cup champions and then, finally, champions of England.

Today, Mikel Arteta’s fast-improving charges stand between Liverpool and the Community Shield, and given they beat the Reds 2-1 in the league just last month, it won’t be an easy match.

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In addition, Jurgen Klopp has several injury doubts going into the game, including Jordan Henderson, who is continuing to step up his recovery from a knee injury sustained against Brighton.

Virgil van Dijk is “fine” despite suffering a head injury in Tuesday’s friendly with RB Salzburg, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is reportedly set to win his fitness race (Evening Standard).

While Van Dijk is likely to start, Alexander-Arnold may not be risked from the off, with Neco Williams given the nod instead, and Andrew Robertson and Joe Gomez should complete the back four.

 

In the three-man midfield, Klopp could potentially spring a surprise by naming “unbelievable” 19-year-old academy ace Curtis Jones alongside Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum, which would mean no place for £48million man Naby Keita.

While Rhian Brewster could be a good shout for attack, the Reds boss may just opt for his standard trident of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, and bring the prodigious youngster off the bench.

Liverpool predicted XI (4-3-3): Alisson; Williams, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane

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