Select your favourite Reds' starting XI vs Brighton from 3 options below. Leave your choice in the comments and explain your pick!
As Liverpool go to Amex to play the Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion, Tribuna.com offer you, Reds, some variants of how we may line up.
As most of the Reds key players enjoyed a rest in the FA Cup clash against Wolverhampton, they are all likely to return to Jurgen Klopp's starting line-up against Brighton. Thus, Alisson Becker will take his place in goal, Andrew Robertson and Trent-Alexander Arnold will secure the flanks under the commander Virgil van Dijk in the heart of the defence.
The notorious front trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are also almost definite to lead the Reds' attack through the clash, while Gini Wijnaldum is an irreplaceable detail of the midfield mechanism.
As the boss has confirmed, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez and Adam Lallana are missing the game, while Joel Matip and Jordan Henderson (to a lesser extent) could still be featured, the rest of the starters is yet to be defined. Thus, we introduce three options of how the German specialist might put the puzzle together.
Option 1: the fortunate one
If Joel Matip, who has already returned to training with the team on Thursday, is fully fit, Jurgen Klopp would likely put him in the centre of the backline to pair up with Virgil van Dijk. Thus, Fabinho might take his natural holding midfielder position with James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum organizing the game above the Brazilian. Mane, Salah and Firmino round up the 4-3-3 formation, providing their usual unpredictable upfront movements.
Option 2: the new classic
If Virgil van Dijk stays the only fit and experienced natural centre-half at Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp shouldn't be too concerned to put Fabinho in the centre of the defence. The Brazilian is totally capable of playing the role well, both in terms of physicality and skills. Elsewhere, Wijnaldum and Milner could make up the midfield duo, while Sadio Mane and Xherdan Shaqiri would take the flanks. Roberto Firmino in his already casual No.10 position might support Mo Salah, who would be looking for chances upfront.
Option 3: trust the youngling!
Ki-Jana Hoever has had a decent game against the Premier League opposition at Molineux on Monday. The 16-year-old has the talent and the desire to play high-class football, while under the guidance of van Dijk on his left and Fabinho slightly above, the Dutchman's youth would hardly disturb the Reds' game. Milner and Wijnaldum again will link up in the middle to cover Fabi, who might have to be more careful defensively. Mane, Firmino and Salah complete the 4-3-3 scheme with the Egyptian possibly returning to the wing for one game.