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Trent Ruled Out, Salah Unlikely To Start | Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool Lineup Vs Nottingham Forest

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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 eyeing a place in the semi-finals of the FA Cup when they lock horns with Nottingham Forest on Sunday. The Reds have done a marvellous job to bring the Premier League title race back to life, but things could get tricky up against a Championship side who have beaten the likes of Leicester City and Arsenal in their route to the FA quarter-finals this season.

Predicted Liverpool Lineup Vs Nottingham Forest

Defence

Liverpool have received a major blow heading into this contest as influential right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury. His absence could force Jurgen Klopp to deploy Joe Gomez at right-back, whereas Andrew Robertson remains a favourite to start on the opposite flank.

Given the upcoming international break, Klopp won’t be too big on rotating his squad in an attempt to keep his troops fresh. In fact, Klopp has already confirmed first-choice ‘keeper Alisson Becker is set to start in goal ahead of Caoimhin Kelleher.

There could be a change in central defence, though, with Joel Matip making way for Ibrahima Konate. The new signing from RB Leipzig is expected to partner Virgil van Dijk at the heart of Liverpool’s four-man backline this weekend.

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Midfield

Curtis Jones is pushing for a start in midfield, most likely at the expense of Jordan Henderson. It will be an excellent opportunity for the youngster to prove his worth, up against a Nottingham Forest side looking to cause an upset.

Elsewhere in midfield, Fabinho remains a favourite to occupy the number six role. Thiago, who will have no international duty with Spain, is likely to accompany Fabinho and Jones in the Liverpool midfield. The three will play a vital role in keeping the Reds on top and help them dominate the proceedings.

Attack

Mo Salah is a doubt heading into this game and it will be a surprise to see Klopp taking any risks with the Egyptian. Hence, the onus of occupying the right flank will be on Sadio Mane once again.

There could be a start for Roberto Firmino as well, whereas Luis Diaz should complete the Liverpool front three. Klopp has no shortage of alternatives, with Salah himself gunning for another appearance from the bench.

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