How Liverpool could line-up against Leeds after Brazil shenanigans – opinion

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Liverpool are up against Leeds United at Elland Road in the Premier League this weekend, but both sides are likely to be without a few key players.

Earlier this week, I’d penned an opinion piece on who I thought would start the match… but it’s now in need of an update.

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The Brazilian FA – utilising a FIFA ruling – have moved to ban their players from playing club football this week after a refusal from said outfits to release them for international duty, despite COVID-19 related concerns, as reported by the Independent.

If nothing changes before Sunday, it means Liverpool and Leeds will be without Alisson, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino and Raphinha.

Jurgen Klopp already had a potentially difficult task ahead of him, with several of his stars not 100% match-ready – but here’s my updated take on how the Reds could line-up at Elland Road…

Liverpool are set to be without Alisson, Fabinho and Firmino this weekend

In goal will be Caoimhin Kelleher, who is likely to get the nod in Alisson’s absence, and he’ll have a back four of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson.

A midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Thiago and Naby Keita seems likely, with the latter recently returning to Merseyside early after political turbulence in Guinea.

Harvey Elliott may be in with a shout, but he also returned to Liverpool early during the international break – but because of an injury.

A front three of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota seems nailed-on, with Firmino set to sit this one out.

EOTK’s IX: Kelleher, van Dijk, Matip, Trent, Robertson, Henderson, Thiago, Keita, Salah, Mane, Jota

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