Konate starts, £13.5m-rated gem axed as Klopp makes three changes: Predicted LFC XI – opinion

Konate starts, £13.5m-rated gem axed as Klopp makes three changes: Predicted LFC XI – opinion

Liverpool will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the new Premier League season when they take on Leeds United this afternoon.

The Reds have picked up seven points from a possible nine in the opening weeks on 2021/22, giving them hope of a successful season following an underwhelming showing last term.

And their chances of carrying on their good run of form received a significant boost after Brazilian duo Alisson Becker and Fabinho were cleared to play following a U-turn from their national FA.

It means that Jurgen Klopp will only have Roberto Firmino unavailable from his usual big hitters for the tricky trip to Elland Road after the striker picked up an injury against Chelsea last time out.

With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects the 54-year-old to line up against Marcelo Bielsa’s charges, with three changes from the side that started against the Blues…

In goal, Alisson will take up his usual spot between the sticks following the Brazilian FA’s decision to drop their complaints about certain players failing to report for international duty due to coronavirus restrictions.

Ahead of the South American shot-stopper could be a rather familiar-looking back four, but with one new addition.

Former RB Leipzig centre-back could be set to make his Liverpool debut after having time to settle into his new surroundings and he will be joined by Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the backline. Joel Matip has been in excellent form this season but we think Klopp will keep him on ice and play him in the Champions League clash with AC Milan on Wednesday.

The Reds’ engine room may also see a change, with former Barcelona and Bayern Munich maestro Thiago coming into the side to make his first start of 2021/22, lining up alongside Fabinho and Jordan Henderson, with £13.5m-rated gem Harvey Elliott making way.

There will be no surprises up front, though. Firmino’s fitness issues mean a front three of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah will be charged with providing the firepower to see off a stubborn Leeds side.

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