Every Liverpool fan is talking about the Manchester City game next week, but we’ve got a very big game to worry about in the Premier League, first.
Jurgen Klopp’s side travel to south London to take on Crystal Palace, who have got the better of us on more than one occasion in recent years.
Roy Hodgson’s team is battling relegation, while we’re in need of a win to cement our position in the top four (although we could still finish 2nd if United and Spurs falter).
In goal, Loris Karius is the automatic pick. With Joe Gomez injured on international duty, Trent Alexander-Arnold should start at right-back, although we’d like to see Nathaniel Clyne get half an hour from the bench, as ideally, he’ll play at the Etihad in the Champions League.
Andrew Robertson’s our left-back, while Joel Matip should start alongside Virgil van Dijk instead of Dejan Lovren, who’s had a knee issue.
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With Emre Can injured, Jordan Henderson anchors the midfield, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who impressed for England, on one side. We’re going for James Milner, who’s been at Melwood because he’s retired from international duty, on the other, over Gini Wijnaldum, who’s poor away from home.
Up top, the three names pick themselves, but we actually expect the shape to be more of a diamond, with Sadio Mane as a marauding no.10, rather than a left-winger.
By deploying the Senegalese here, we increase creativity centrally, that’s been sometimes deprived since Coutinho’s exit.
Hopefully, we can wrap the game up early, get the front-three wrapped in cotton wool and get ready for Wednesday.