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Salah, Jota And Mane To Continue | Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool Lineup Vs Wolves

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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 aim to continue their winning ways as they lock horns with Wolves on Saturday. With three back to back wins over Arsenal, Southampton and Everton, Jurgen Klopp’s men are emerging as a force to be reckoned with. The Reds are trailing the league leaders Chelsea only by a couple of points and will be keen on maintaining the pressure at the top with yet another victory.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup Vs Wolves

Defence

Liverpool are missing a lot of players due to injury. In the defensive department, Joe Gomez should remain out due to his calf problem, but it will be inconsequential to Jurgen Klopp’s team selection this weekend.

Indeed, given the form Liverpool are in, the German will have no reason to tinker with his back-four led by Virgil van Dijk. The Dutchman is once again set to partner Joel Matip in defence, with Klopp likely to hand Ibrahima Konate a starting opportunity in next week’s Champions League encounter against Milan.

Elsewhere in defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson remain guaranteed starters in the fullback position. Their attacking prowess, coupled with athleticism and work ethic will be essential as the Reds look to oust Wolves this weekend.

Another guaranteed starter in the Liverpool backline is goalkeeper Alisson Becker. The Brazilian had to surrender his clean sheet in the Merseyside derby this midweek and will be desperate for a shutout this time out.

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Midfield

As far as the midfield is concerned, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones are yet to return from their respective knocks. As such, Klopp will have to continue with his limited options in the middle of the park.

Given there is a dead rubber Champions League encounter against Milan next week, the German is likely to retain his current midfield trifecta of Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. They are all set to be rested against the Rossoneri, thus putting the likes of James Miler and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in contention to start.

Attack

In the offensive unit, Klopp is set to persist with the fiery attacking trifecta of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane. The three attackers have done a marvellous job this season, with the Reds notably netting four goals in each of their last three matches in the Premier League.

With Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott out injured, though, Klopp will need to shuffle his pack a bit, so it won’t be surprising to see the likes of Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi making second-half substitute appearances.

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