SOUTH BEND, INDIANA, USA - Friday, July 19, 2019: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren before a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Borussia Dortmund at the Notre Dame Stadium on day four of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Leicester: Lovren starts, Alisson not in squad

Jurgen Klopp has resisted the temptation to start Alisson against Leicester this afternoon, but Dejan Lovren comes in to replace Joe Gomez at the back.

The Reds host Leicester this afternoon as Brendan Rodgers makes his return to Anfield four years on from the sacking in 2015.

Rodgers has overseen a dramatic upturn in fortunes for the Foxes, and sitting third in the table heading into the weekend they serve as a big challenge for Liverpool.

Following the midweek 4-3 victory over Salzburg in the Champions League, Klopp has made two changes to his starting lineup.

Despite Alisson‘s return from injury, Adrian is retained between the sticks, with the Spaniard likely making way for his fellow stopper after the international break.

Ahead of the ‘keeper is a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, with Joel Matip still out injured.

In midfield, Fabinho stays as the staple of Klopp’s engine room, with the 25-year-old joined by James Milner and Gini Wijnaldum.

And though the manager may have considered a switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation, he appears to have kept faith with his 4-3-3, leaving Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah up front.

Among the substitutes at Anfield are Naby Keita, Divock Origi and Harvey Elliott, who makes the Reds’ bench in the Premier League for the first time.

Liverpool: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmino

Substitutes: Kelleher, Gomez, Henderson, Lallana, Keita, Elliott, Origi

Leicester: Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Ndidi, Praet, Tielemans; Barnes, Maddison, Vardy

Substitutes: Ward, Morgan, Justin, Albrighton, Choudhury, Gray, Perez

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