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Minamino, Konate And Ox To Start | Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool Lineup Vs FC Porto

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Liverpool are hoping to maintain their winning momentum as they take on FC Porto on Wednesday. With four wins in four matches, the Reds have already secured top spot in Group B, meaning this game is nothing more than a dead rubber for the Premier League giants. However, with crucial games against Southampton, Wolves and Everton just around the corner, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be keen on building a solid winning momentum as well as preserving their perfect record in Europe.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup Vs Porto


Liverpool are dealing with a host of injury-related issues heading into this contest. Joe Gomez is a confirmed absentee while Andy Robertson missed out on the Arsenal game due to his thigh problem.

It remains unlikely that the Scot will be risked in this game, thus paving the way for Kostas Tsimikas to retain his role at left-back. Trent Alexander-Arnold may continue as well, on the opposite flank.

In central defence, Klopp might potentially give Joel Matip a breather while giving an opportunity to new signing Ibrahima Konate to make an impression. The Frenchman is set to operate at the heart of the LFC backline alongside the ever-present figure of Virgil van Dijk.

Alisson remains another guaranteed starter for Liverpool, with the Brazilian international to keen retain a clean sheet this midweek.

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Klopp is missing out on a plethora of players in midfield. James Milner and Naby Keita are major doubts due to their fitness while Curtis Jones appears to be a confirmed absentee.

The Reds currently have four available options and one would imagine Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is a guaranteed starter in this dead rubber. We are also expecting Jordan Henderson to return to the starting eleven, alongside Fabinho, with Thiago Alcantara settling for a place on the bench ahead of the weekend game against Southampton.


In the attacking department, Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott will remain out for a while, for Liverpool. Divock Origi is a major doubt as well while Diogo Jota has recently suffered a serious knee injury.

As such, Takumi Minamino is in contention to start, with the additional assistance from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, who is expected to operate in the false nine role once again.


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