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Brentford v Liverpool: Predicted XI

Liverpool face Brentford today and after a much changed team in the League Cup, what side will Klopp put out?

Liverpool face Brentford for the first time in 32 years today and Jurgen Klopp has to pick the team that will try and snatch three points from a solid looking side.

Klopp rested a lot of players during the week against Norwich so it seems like he is going to go back to his tried and tested team.

Kaide Gordon Divock Origi Norwich Carabao Cup EFL

Alisson will be a certainty to return and Virgil van Dijk at the back too. One player who could be picked after his impressive display is Takumi Minamino, who scored a brace on Tuesday.

If the Japanese international does play then it would mean a change of system to a 4-2-3-1, which we know Klopp does like.

Let's take a look at what our writers thing Klopp will line-up with!

Adam Ford


Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson;

Fabinho, James Milner, Jordan Henderson;

Sadio Mane Diogo Jota Mohamed Salah

After some changes against AC Milan, Crystal Palace and Norwich, I think Jurgen Klopp will revert back to the tried and tested defence which started the first several games of the season. 

The only possible uncertainty surrounds Trent Alexander-Arnold. The right-back missed Liverpool's game against Crystal Palace due to illness and there is still the possibility Alexander-Arnold sits this one out. 

Joe Gomez

Joe Gomez can be utilised on the right ahead of James Milner, who I suspect will start in midfield. Conor Bradley put in a solid display away to Norwich but throwing him into a Premier League game may be too much too soon.

It may not be panic stations just yet but there is certainly cause for concern as Liverpool will be without three midfield players for this game. Curtis Jones is in with a shout for more game time but I have a feeling Klopp may call upon an old reliable in James Milner to play a large portion of the game. Despite this, Jones will still get some minutes in.

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool fans received good news this week in the form of a Roberto Firmino return to training. It's unlikely Firmino will start against Brentford or even play any kind of role. 

Despite goals from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi in the Carabao Cup, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will regain their place in the first eleven. Jota could do with a confidence boost after his performance against Crystal Palace and Mane will be looking to take his momentum from that game and bag another goal.

Neil Conner

Alisson Becker

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Andrew Robertson;

Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Curtis Jones;

Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has a number of decisions to make ahead of the game at Brentford and with three big fixtures before the International break.

A number of players including Takumi Minamino impressed in the midweek EFL Cup win at Norwich and are pushing to start. The Liverpool manager also has to contend with injuries to Thiago and Naby Keita who both miss out.


In defence, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip and Virgil Van Dijk should all return after illness/being rested.

Kostas Tsimikas who was excellent again on Tuesday is likely to make way for Andrew Robertson as they continue their battle for the left back spot.

In midfield, skipper Jordan Henderson and Fabinho should be automatic starters. They are likely to be joined by Curtis Jones on the left.

Jordan Henderson

Despite Minamino’s good form, Klopp may stick with Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane up front who all had a break in midweek.

Tsimikas, Minamino, Origi and others who have all done well of late will therefore be pushing for starts on Tuesday away at Porto with Klopp needing to rotate his squad.