With the footballing world taken aback by the Super League announcement, Liverpool still have a Premier League match to play this evening. The Reds top four hopes are hanging in the balance and a victory over Leeds United is a must.
Ahead of the match that saw the Reds win 4-3 last time out, the writers of LFC Transfer Room take a look at what to expect from Jurgen Klopp's starting XI.
Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson,
Shaqiri, Firmino, Jota,
After the disappointing result against Real Madrid on Wednesday, top four is now a must for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp's men need these three very important points against a very solid and well drilled Leeds side.
With Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara missing a large majority of the Real Madrid game they will almost certainly come straight into the starting 11. We haven’t seen much of Xherdan Shaqiri this season but when we have, he has shown flashes of brilliance and has linked up amazingly with Thiago and Jota.
Sadio Mane is still struggling to score so this will be the perfect opportunity to finally give him a rest. Especially with Jota coming back from his injury and continuing his exceptional form for club and country.
In defence I can’t see any changes as Ozan Kabak and Nathaniel Phillips have settled in with each other and are starting to look like a very solid partnership at the back especially after their impressive performances against Real Madrid.
TAA, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson
Salah, Firmino, Mané
Following the quarter final exit of the Champions League, the only entry back into the prestigious competition is for the Reds to get into the top four. Every match of the run in has now became a must win starting with the Leeds United.
Liverpool’s best performance over the past few weeks came in the last half hour against Arsenal which was directly related to the fearsome foursome of Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
With this in mind, it seems like a perfect opportunity to break out the front four against an attack minded Leeds who are known for leaving gaps in their back line.
To stop this from becoming a contest of who can out score the opponent, it’s likely that Klopp will enforce a pivot of Georginio Wijnaldum and Fabinho to break up the quick breaks of the Lilywhites.
Thiago has fallen out of favour recently and may be used as an option off of the bench in this instance. The back four seems like it will remain the same as it has done for the past six games. This is unless Andy Robertson is deemed in need of a rest which could lead to Kostas Tsimikas making his first start this league campaign.