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Diaz, Robertson & Alexander-Arnold To Start | Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool Lineup Vs Leeds United

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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 aiming to maintain the pressure on Manchester City at the top as they take on Leeds United on Wednesday. It is a must-win encounter for the Reds, who are currently on a run of eight consecutive wins in the Premier League. They are currently trailing Man City by six points, but do have a game in hand, meaning there is a considerable chance of catching up as we head towards the business end of the campaign.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup Vs Leeds United

Defence

Liverpool’s game against Norwich City saw Jurgen Klopp rest Andrew Robertson. The German is likely to revert that change, with the Scot set to replace Kostas Tsimikas at left-back.

Trent Alexander-Arnold could be set for a return after being rested by Klopp on the weekend. The English international is set to assume the right-back role, as usual, giving Liverpool a significant boost in their creative department.

There should be no changes in central defence, though, with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip hoping to cover Alisson in between the sticks. The two can expect a busy evening against a Leeds United side known for their attacking prowess, despite the apparent absence of star striker Patrick Bamford.

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BURNLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 13: Andrew Robertson of Liverpool looks on during the Premier League match between Burnley and Liverpool at Turf Moor on February 13, 2022 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Midfield

Klopp could ring in the changes even in midfield, with Fabinho occupying the defensive midfield role. It could see Jordan Henderson replacing Naby Keita on the right side of central midfield, while Thiago Alcantara could come in for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The return of Fabinho and Thiago should offer much-needed stability in the Liverpool midfielder as they had struggles in breaching the lines of the Norwich City defence in the last game.

Attack

Liverpool are missing two key players in the attack, in the form of Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota. It has compounded the problems for Jurgen Klopp, who had to rely on a tactical manoeuvre to get past Norwich City.

This time around, Klopp could persist with a three-man frontline, with new signing Luis Diaz spearheading the attack. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane should operate on either side, providing the creative impetus and threat on the counter.

Klopp does have a few alternatives at his disposal, including Takumi Minamino and the super-sub Divock Origi. Youngster Harvey Elliott can be utilised as well, should Liverpool look for more dynamism in the final third.

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