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Norwich City v Liverpool: Predicted XI

Liverpool face Norwich tomorrow and there is still a lot of uncertainty around what team Jurgen Klopp is going to select.

Jurgen Klopp pretty much has a full selection of players to pick from tomorrow.

Andy Robertson and Curtis Jones are the only players out due to injury, but the rest of the squad are either fully fit on near full fitness.

This is a massive boost for Liverpool, especially after last seasons injury crisis.

Virgil van Dijk and Jurgen Klopp

The main decision Klopp has to make is wether to start Joe Gomez or Virgil van Dijk, who are both very close to full fitness after a successful pre-season.

We've asked three of our writers what their predicted line-up is for the Norwich match and why they've chosen certain players!


Charlie Webb

Alisson,

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip, Kostas Tsimikas,

Fabinho, Naby Keita, James Milner,

Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane


Despite only just coming back, Alisson has to start in net. He played a full 90 minutes against Athletic Bilbao and should be 100% ready for the season.

With Robertson's untimely injury against Bilbao, our only option is Kostas Tsimikas. To be fair to him though, he was one of the standout players in pre-season and looks full of confidence.

Konate Tsimikas

I've decided to go with Konate and Matip to partner-up in the centre of defence. I think Virgil could play but there's no point in risking him against a team that is going to be tipped for relegation once again.

I was weighing up putting young Harvey Elliott into the starting 11 and as much as I'd love that, I think James Milner is the correct choice for the first game. Hopefully we can see the 18-year-old come off the bench though.

Naby Keita

Naby Keita has to start if we're being honest. Along with Kostas Tsimikas and Harvey Elliott, Naby has been one of the most impressive players in pre-season and has earned his spot in tomorrow's game.

The front three sort of picks itself in my opinion. As much as Firmino did impress against Osasuna, I think the safe option is Jota who looks even sharper than last season.


Elliot Thompson

Alisson

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate, Kostas Tsimikas

James Milner, Naby Keita, Harvey Elliott

Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane


The defence picks itself realistically due to recent injuries and players coming back slowly but surely. Alisson, even though he has not been back in pre-season training as long as Adrian or Kelleher, will go straight back in after some impressive friendly performances.

For the back four, I assume Matip and Konate will be the centre back pair due to the fact Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez are still gaining full match fitness. Therefore, meaning Konate will have his competitive debut for Liverpool.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold has declared he is fully fit so he should start and due to Andy Robertson’s injury against Athletic Bilbao, Tsimikas will likely get his full Premier League debut.

The midfield is the tricky one due to the fact Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara have barely had any pre-season action, which can also be said for Fabinho. Compare that to James Milner, Naby Keita and Harvey Elliott’s respective game time and the comparison is stark. 

Harvey Elliott Sadio Mane

Jurgen Klopp looked like he had settled with that midfield three in pre-season and all of them impressed. Milner looked good in a deeper role dictating play, whilst Keita and Elliott were exciting whilst pressing expertly.

The front three normally picks itself however Roberto Firmino arrived late to pre-season training due to intentional duty. So I think that Jota will play through the middle with the usual suspects Salah and Mane on the right and left wing respectively.


Adam Khan

Alisson, 

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil van Dijk, Kostas Tsimikas, 

Fabinho, Naby Keita, Harvey Elliot, 

Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Sadio Mane 


With the news that Virgil Van Dijk looks set to feature at Carrow Road on Saturday evening, the next question posed is who should partner the Dutchman? Both Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate have been utilised in pre-season. But what is noteworthy is that they both have played in the same team.

Virgil van Dijk Joe Gomez

If the van Dijk news is true, It means that one of Matip or Konate will most likely feature (with Joe Gomez being on the bench). While Konate has impressed since his arrival at Anfield, Matip looks the most likely candidate to partner van Dijk; he has played with Van Dijk a handful of times playing a pivotal factor in my selection

Kostas Tsimikas should make his first Premier League start for the Reds due to Andy Robertson's injury he picked up in pre-season. 

Diogo Jota

In terms of midfield, there are plenty of options. Arguably, Harvey Elliot has impressed the most in a marauding role as the attacking midfielder in a three. It would be realistic to say that Jurgen Klopp could reward the youngster with a start. 

Meanwhile, Diogo Jota continues to impress up front with his directness and goalscoring qualities.