Liverpool play our first home game of the season today at Anfield, in front of around 54,000 people due to the opening of the New Main Stand.
We cannot wait!
Jurgen Klopp has had two weeks with many members of the squad who were not on international duty, so much of the side he selects will be very prepared for the visit of Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City.
Simon Mignolet is a certainty to start between the sticks despite Loris Karius returning to full training. There’s a chance the young German will make the bench, though.
Nathaniel Clyne walks into the side at right-back, and James Milner will begin from the left of defence – with Alberto Moreno a quicker, left-footed option from the bench.
With Ragnar Klavan injured and Mamadou Sakho still proving himself on the training ground, Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip are guaranteed to play in central defence.
Emre Can, our starting anchorman, is still not fit enough to play from the outset, so Jordan Henderson will continue at the base of midfield. He put in a much improved performance here against Spurs, and we hope he keeps up the good work.
Gini Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana provide legs, energy and creativity either side in a central three.
Up top, it gets interesting… Despite picking up a knock with Senegal, Sadio Mane is totally ready, so will start from the right.
With Coutinho only recently arriving from an arduous trip from South America, where he featured in two World Cup qualifiers for Brazil – we think Jurgen Klopp might start him from the bench – with Roberto Firmino playing from the left and Daniel Sturridge used as a centre-forward.
This means we can bring on our playmaker and the likes of Divock Origi in the second-half should we need to.