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Matip, Robertson And Wijnaldum To Start | 4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup Vs Chelsea

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Abhinab Ghosh
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Liverpool will entertain Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday evening hoping to consolidate their place at the top of the Premier League standings. The Reds come into this contest on the back of a hard-fought 2-0 win over FC Porto on Tuesday night. However, they will face off against a Chelsea side that has won their past four matches across all competitions.

Hence, we can expect an entertaining game with both sides going all out for the three points. Jurgen Klopp might opt for a 4-3-3 formation and make some changes to his team for this weekend’s encounter at Merseyside. 

4-3-3 Liverpool Predicted Lineup To Face Chelsea

Defence

Alisson Becker will start in between the sticks for the home side after he kept a comfortable clean sheet at the back versus FC Porto in midweek. However, the Reds have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last four Premier League matches which is a stat that might worry Klopp.

The powerful centre-back pair of Virgil Van Dijk and Joel Matip will hope to put in another dominant shift in their own half. Trent Alexander-Arnold will take his place at right-back while Andrew Robertson returns to the side to feature as the left-back. The Scottish defender missed out against Porto due to a suspension, so he would be desperate to make a positive impact this weekend.

It’s high time the Reds defenders keep a shut-out at the back in league football so this match against the Pensioners could be an ideal opportunity for them to do precisely that.

Midfield

Liverpool’s midfield three might consist of Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner with Klopp always willing to chop and change in midfield based on the qualities of the opponent. The talented trio will look to win some 50-50 battles and establish the home team’s authority at the centre of the park. 

Both Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson may have to settle for a spot on Klopp’s bench and could come on during the contest if needed.

Attack

Roberto Firmino will operate as a centre-forward while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane looking to cause a whole host of problems for the Chelsea defenders in the wide areas. None of Liverpool’s front three managed to score against Porto, so there is some cause for concern.

On a positive note, Salah returned to his goal-scoring ways versus Southampton last week so he would fancy his chances of finding the back of the Chelsea net this weekend.

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