Liverpool face-off against newly-promoted Fulham on Saturday, but with five players set to miss the clash how can Liverpool line up?
Injuries have occurred for Liverpool during pre-season, as the month of pre-season preceding the start of the Premier League pushed the players hard.
Fulham also has issues, with manager Marco Silva criticizing his team for being “not ready” with the new season just days away.
The Reds will be hoping to get off to a winning start in London, but they will have to do so without some key players.
The Reds’ website revealed the extent of their injuries and suspensions, with notable absentees.
Liverpool team news is a hot topic ahead of the game, particularly in terms of goalkeepers. Both Alisson and Caiohmin Kelleher were absent from the Community Shield last week.
Fans will be relieved to learn that first-choice goalkeeper Alisson will return for the first game.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota, Caoimhin Kelleher, and new boy Calvin Ramsay, on the other hand, are set to miss out.
Given that Fulham’s manager stated that his squad “is not ready,” fans should understand that he was referring to the size of his squad.
Harry Wilson, a former Liverpool player turned Fulham hero, will be absent due to a knee injury that will keep him out for a few weeks; he will be joined in the stands by Nathaniel Chalobah.
Despite the fact that Fulham have just completed the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper and German international Bernd Leno, who could start right away.
Klopp will most likely field a 4-3-3, but without the ball will switch to a 4-2-4 to press Fulham’s back four aggressively. Thiago or Henderson will join the front three in the attacking third to overload the pitch.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been seen very high up the pitch at times during preseason.
Fulham predicted lineup (4-3-3): Rodak (GK) — Tete, Tosin, Ream, Robinson — Palhinha, Reed, Andreas — De Cordova-Reid, Kebano, Mitrovic.
Liverpool predicted lineup (4-3-3): Alisson (GK) – Alexander-Arnold, van Dijk, Matip, Robertson – Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson – Diaz, Nunez, Salah.
Jamie Carragher drops Liverpool transfer hint
Jamie Carragher has explained why Liverpool are unlikely to sign a central midfielder this season, implying that they’must have someone lined up for next summer.’
The Reds have been linked with a number of midfield options this transfer window, owing in part to the club’s ageing midfield trio of Fabinho, Thiago, and Jordan Henderson – the latter two of whom are over 30. Recent injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones, followed by Naby Keita’s illness, have reignited some Reds fans’ belief that midfield reinforcements are required.
Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund has been on Jurgen Klopp’s radar for some time, but a £100 million valuation from the German club has kept several suitors at bay – at least for the time being. When asked if Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards might look for alternatives this summer, former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher pointed to past business as evidence to the contrary.
“No, they’re not,” Carragher told the Overlap when asked if they are looking at a midfielder. “I think Liverpool could still do with someone in midfield, not in terms of numbers-wise but in terms of quality-wise and I think – notoriously, how Liverpool have done their transfers – they wait for who they want.
“When they didn’t get Van Dijk that time, they waited and they gave it to January, even though most fans were saying ‘you’ve got to go buy another centre-back’. They don’t panic. Even when all their centre-backs were injured in the same season, in January, they brought a couple of centre-backs in but on-loan.
“They didn’t buy anyone because they didn’t get who they wanted, which was Konate, and they waited. And I just think Liverpool – they’re not daft. The first choice midfield three right now is quite old, with all three getting into their 30s.
“But Liverpool are prepared to wait and I think that’s one of the reasons why they’re so good in the transfer market. So they must have someone lined up next summer.”
The Reds are already facing stiff competition for Bellingham next summer, with Real Madrid reportedly putting the teenager at the top of their shortlist. Klopp has hinted that the midfield will go through a transitional period, which has been supported by the recent additions of Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho, as well as the promotion of Curtis Jones.
Keita is expected to be available for Liverpool’s 2022/2023 Premier League opener against Fulham on Saturday.