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Jurgen Klopp To Ring In The Changes | Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool Lineup Vs Norwich City

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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.

After securing another fourth trophy under Jurgen Klopp on the weekend, Liverpool will set their sights on yet another cup competition as they take on Norwich City in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Wednesday. The Reds have secured comfortable victories against Cardiff City and Shrewsbury Town in the previous rounds of the prestigious cup competition, but things could get tricky as they lock horns with Premier League opponents Norwich City this midweek.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup vs Norwich City

Defence

After 120 minutes of footballing action against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final, Klopp will be compelled to ring in the changes this midweek.

Alisson should ideally replace Caoimhin Kelleher in goal, but with this being a cup tie and the Irishman performing brilliantly in the final, he could be rewarded with yet another start in between the sticks.

There could be changes in store elsewhere, with Joe Gomez pushing to replace Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back. Kostas Tsimikas remains a favourite to replace Andrew Robertson on the opposite flank, whereas Ibrahima Konate should come in for Joel Matip at centre-back.

The new signing from RB Leipzig is likely to form the heart of Liverpool’s four-man backline alongside Virgil van Dijk. However, it won’t be surprising to see Joe Gomez taking the spot instead, with Conor Bradley assuming the right-back duties.

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Liverpool’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk (R) and Liverpool’s English defender Joe Gomez (L) attends a training session at their Melwood training ground in Liverpool, north west England, on October 18, 2021, on the eve of their UEFA Champions League Group B football match against Atletico Madrid. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Midfield

Thiago Alcantara had picked up a slight knock in the Chelsea game and is likely to be kept out of the FA Cup tie against Norwich. Klopp is set to provide a breather to his key players nonetheless, including Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.

It could pave the way for James Milner to earn a rare start in the holding midfield role. The Englishman’s experience could be crucial in mobilising the two advanced midfielders upfront in Naby Keita and Curtis Jones.

Attack

Diogo Jota is likely to be fully fit after completing his recovery on the weekend. With Roberto Firmino still absent and Sadio Mane set to be rested, the Portuguese international may well spearhead the Liverpool frontline.

Jota is likely to be supported by the wide attacking duo of Harvey Elliott and Takumi Minamino in a new-look front three that will hope to breach the defences of Norwich City this midweek.

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