Strongest Liverpool Lineup: Keita Starts Over Henderson

Liverpool’s squad had gradually improved during the time Jürgen Klopp has been in charge of the Reds and this season, the Reds look like genuine title contenders after making quite a lot of progress in the last few seasons.

Liverpool broke all kinds of records in the summer transfer window, but the players haven’t had the impact the fans would have expected. Of course, considering Klopp’s system and the pace at which the game is played at under the German, it’s no easy feat to slot in straight away and make an impact.

The likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Andy Robertson were slowly introduced, and the two were key figures last season.

The fans are confused why Fabinho and Shaqiri haven’t seen more action despite Liverpool comfortably winning most of their games. Post the international break, the schedule does become a lot more hectic, so perhaps we will see the new faces get more minutes on the pitch.

From what we’ve seen so far this season, here is Liverpool’s strongest playing XI.

Defence

Alisson has had a brilliant start to his Liverpool career, and it’s not surprising really. The Brazilian was consistent for AS Roma as well and barring that one mistake against Leicester City, he has been a reliable figure at the back.

Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez have formed a formidable partnership together, but Dejan Lovren will push Gomez for a starting berth. Lovren was impressive in the last outing against Manchester City and could be a valuable player this season if he keeps his good form.

Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold are now the preferred options for the fullback positions. The two have shown good attacking instincts and tracked back well, so it’s hard to displace them from the starting XI.

Midfield

Opinions are mixed on Jordan Henderson’s inclusion in the starting XI. The Liverpool skipper has lacked the consistency this season, but when played in a box to box role, his work-rate and pressing are critical facets of Klopp’s blueprint.

Naby Keita is still adjusting to life at Merseyside, but his ability to take on players and pick a pass is also equally important. Liverpool will have to rotate between the two, but we feel Keita should start more games alongside Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner who have been consistent this season.

Attack

Mohamed Salah’s form is a bit worrying. The last two games, in particular, were alarming as he barely did anything noteworthy. Before that, he was getting into good positions. The fans will hope he can score a few and get his confidence back as Liverpool need their best players performing well.

Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino too tailed off after bright starts and perhaps facing weaker opposition post the international break will help them score a few and get back to their usual groove.


Mane – Firmino – Salah

Keita – Wijnaldum – Milner

Robertson – van Dijk – Gomez – TAA

Alisson


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