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Liverpool predicted XI v Manchester City: One change, £35m speedster to start

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Liverpool predicted XI v Manchester City: One change, £35m speedster to start

Newly crowned Premier League champions Liverpool will take on Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow night.

The Reds are currently 23 points clear of last season’s league winners and will want to extend their lead further.

Pep Guardiola’s team will give Liverpool a guard of honour prior to the contest, marking a truly unbelievable campaign.

Jurgen Klopp could make changes for the trip to Manchester, although he might resist the temptation to make too many given the quality of the opposition.

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With an interesting affair awaiting in the North-West, we cast an eye over a potential likely line-up which Klopp might go for.

Goalkeeper and back four

In goal, nothing will change with Alisson likely to keep his place for the champions-elect. Adrian has played on several occasions this season but has largely played second fiddle.

Neco Williams produced an eye-catching cameo against Crystal Palace but Trent Alexander-Arnold should keep his place here.

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Joel Matip is ruled out for the season with a foot injury so Joe Gomez is likely to continue in his absence alongside Virgil van Dijk

The sensational Andy Robertson should start at left-back.

Dejan Lovren will probably have to settle for a place on the bench as he tries to earn a stay of execution for next season.

Engine room

Against Palace, Klopp went with Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho alongside his trusted captain Jordan Henderson.

 

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain hasn’t started any of the Reds’ two matches since football returned, however, and could win a start against City.

If the £120,000-a-week star does get the nod to start, expect Wijnaldum to drop to the bench.

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Naby Keita was decent in the game against Everton but he might miss out once again here.

In attack

Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are arguably the most feared trio in world football. They have been in devastating form for Liverpool and it’d be no surprise to see all three start at the Etihad.

With Aston Villa to follow after City, it seems likely that changes will be preferred for that one instead.

Takumi Minamino has featured in the last two games, whilst Harvey Elliott will also hope for another run-out.

Divock Origi is another option, with the Belgian failing to scale the heights of last season during 2019/20.

Here is how Klopp’s side might line-up against Manchester City…

 

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