Liverpool predicted XI v Bournemouth: Two teenagers to start as Klopp takes midfield gamble

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Common sense tells us that Jurgen Klopp won’t take too many risks with the club’s first set of three points in the Premier League on the line.

Yet, a dysfunctional performance from all over the park – though particularly in midfield – at Old Trafford does suggest that some changes, at the very least, are due come Saturday’s matchup with Bournemouth.

With a handful of injuries and the suspension of Darwin Nunez still to contend with, of course, there are admittedly a limited array of options for the German tactician to pick and choose from.

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Harvey Elliott has arguably been Liverpool’s strongest performer since the start of the campaign

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Ahead of Alisson Becker between the sticks, Joe Gomez looks set to retain his place in the starting XI alongside Virgil van Dijk.

The midfield will be the site of significant change after a 2-1 defeat to Old Trafford with Fabinho returning to the No.6 role, Harvey Elliott will most likely hold onto his spot and we’ll be throwing in a potential wildcard option in Fabio Carvalho.

We accept there’s a stronger likelihood of Klopp favouring his skipper, Jordan Henderson, over our summer signing, though the former Borussia Dortmund coach has been known to take gambles in the past – who better to roll the dice on than two of our strongest performers this term?

Up top, with a lack of centre-forward alternatives to choose from, Bobby Firmino continues to lead the line and is flanked by Luis Diaz and Mo Salah.

EOTK XI: Alisson, Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Trent, Fabinho, Elliott, Carvalho, Salah, Diaz, Firmino

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  1. For me the so called FSG are responsible for the downfall of LFC.They ara undoing the good work that Klop.took a lonh time to do.FSG are neither ambitious nor.proud.LFC are always surpassed by even small sides in.respect of exploiting the transfer to be.a genius to understand FSG are not committed to the cliub.I hppe I have not made any repetition as.I am always accused .

  2. The Liverpool fans must be missing Sadio Mane. Klopp sold two outstanding forwards and bought one troublesome forward is Not a good bargain.

  3. With a weakened squad I hope that we do not play the 4.3.3. Formation but either 3.5.2 to ensure more bodies are in the middle of the park.

    Also play Elliot on the left hand side instead of behind Salah as two left footed players on the right side of midfield has too many limitations as both will tend to cut in on their stronger foot.

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