LFC predicted XI v. Atalanta: Jurgen Klopp in line for major fitness boost with stars set for returns

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Jurgen Klopp is in line for a possible major fitness boost ahead of the Champions League clash with Serie A side Atalanta this week.

Liverpool have notably been without Joel Matip and Thiago Alcantara since the duo picked up injuries in the Merseyside Derby.

They haven’t been the only missing players, though – with Naby Keita and Kostas Tsimikas also absent from training of late.

Both Matip and Keita are in line to prove their fitness ahead of the Reds’ upcoming Champions League fixture, but nothing is certain in football – so keep an eye on who travels!


With that in mind, here is how we think Liverpool will start tomorrow night…

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In goal will be Alisson, with the Brazilian fit and available, any other option would be weird.

A back four of Joe Gomez, Rhys Williams, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold seems likely, with the boss explaining the decision to start Nat Philllips against West Ham was because Williams is in the Champions League squad.

Matip could make his return, but he probably won’t be rushed back into action amid the defensive injury crisis.

In midfield should be Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum as Klopp goes for strength and experience against a tough Atalanta side.

Keita could very well be made available for the game and if he’s proven fit and ready to go – we bet he will start over either Gini or Milner.

Up top will be Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Bobby Firmino, with the boss sticking with his favoured front three and very likely to bring in-form Diogo Jota off the bench.

EOTK’s predicted XI: Alisson, Gomez, Williams, Trent, Robbo, Hendo, Milner/Keita, Gini, Salah, Mane, Firmino

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