BRENTFORD VS LIVERPOOL: PREDICTED LINEUP

BRENTFORD VS LIVERPOOL: PREDICTED LINEUP

Liverpool are in action again tonight when they travel to the Gtech Community Stadium to take on Thomas Frank’s impressive Brentford outfit. Here’s how the Reds could line up for the encounter. For a match preview, you can head over here.

It’s a short turnaround from Friday night’s hard fought comeback victory over Leicester City. This could well see Jürgen Klopp make a raft of changes to his side. There is bound to be injury enforced alterations as well, with a few struggling with knocks.

In goal, Alisson Becker is set to continue. The Brazilian has failed to keep a clean sheet in any of his last six league appearances. That is not all down to him though, with the setup infront of him being way too open at times this season.

Ahead of him in defence, there’s likely to be two changes to the backline. Joel Matip has started each of the last three in all competitions and is due a break before he breaks down. In his place will come the returning Ibrahima Konaté.

The 23 year old has yet to really get going for the club this season, making just the three starts thus far. The side won all three matches he’s started though and he will be hoping to build on the tremendous displays he exhibited at the World Cup with France.

At left back you’d expect Kostas Tsimikas to come in for Andy Robertson who suffered a dead leg against Leicester. The side has kept clean sheets in each of the ‘Greek Scouser’s last three starts so that’s a good omen.

In midfield, we should see Fabinho return to the lineup after missing the last game due to his wife being in labour. A huge congratulations to him and the missus is in order. Alongside him we can expect Naby Keita to start his first game of the season.

The manager has been carefully managing the Guinean since he returned to full fitness. He’s made cameos off the bench in each of the last three and is due a start here. He will likely take the place of Thiago Alcantara, with the Spaniard also due a breather.

Jordan Henderson will likely be asked to go again here to complete the midfield trio. The skipper was dreadful in the holding role on Friday night and will be hoping for a better level of performance tonight in his preferred right sided role.

Upfront, there is expected to be one alteration. Oxlade-Chamberlain has featured heavily in the last three games but should make way for the returning Roberto Firmino here. Ox has put in as solid a shift as can be expected but this should mark the end of him as a forward.

Bobby’s return could be key for the Reds in an attacking sense. It would see Darwin switch to the left wing where he could use his blistering pace to even more devastating effect whilst allowing for the Brazilian to weave his magic in linking up play between the midfield and the attack.

It would be a huge boost if Cody Gakpo’s registration went through in time as well. Having him as an option off the bench could be useful as Darwin and Salah have ran themselves into the ground over the past fortnight.

Predicted team:

Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Firmino, Darwin.

Subs: Kelleher, Ramsay, Gomez, Matip, Bajcetic, Thiago, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carvalho, Gakpo.

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