LEIPZIG, GERMANY - Thursday, July 21, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp embraces Darwin Núñez, who scored four goals, after a pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool lineup options vs. AC Milan as Darwin Nunez returns

Liverpool will conclude their time in Dubai with a friendly against AC Milan on Friday, with Darwin Nunez in contention to feature after reconvening with his team-mates earlier this week.

After defeat to Lyon last Sunday, the Reds know there is no way for them to win the Dubai Super Cup, after Arsenal were crowned winners of the mini tournament on Tuesday.

Having beaten Lyon and AC Milan in normal time and on penalties, the Gunners have already accumulated eight points, with both Liverpool and Milan now only able to finish with a maximum of four.

Nonetheless, Friday’s encounter will be another useful exercise for Jurgen Klopp‘s side, ahead of their return to competitive action next week.

Here, we look at two ways the Liverpool boss could choose to line up against the Serie A champions.


Liverpool squad and absentees

SAALFELDEN, AUSTRIA - Sunday, July 24, 2022: Liverpool's Curtis Jones arrives before a training session during the club's pre-season training camp in Austria. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The latest team news from Dubai:

Liverpool’s possible squad to face Milan:

Goalkeepers: Kelleher, Adrian, Davies, Mrozek

Defenders: Gomez, Matip, Phillips, Quansah, Robertson, Tsimikas, Ramsay, Chambers

Midfielders: Thiago, Elliott, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita, Bajcetic, Cain, Corness

Forwards: Salah, Firmino, Carvalho, Clark, Doak, Frauendorf, Nunez


Liverpool’s XI vs. Milan

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 3, 2022: Liverpool's Darwin Núñez during the UEFA Champions League Group A matchday 3 game between Liverpool FC and Glasgow Rangers FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp named what was effectively his strongest possible team from the start against Lyon, and it would be no surprise to see him go with the same approach vs. Milan.

Should that be the case, there may only be one change to his line up on Friday:

That would see Liverpool take to the field like this:

Kelleher; Milner, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Bajcetic, Elliott, Thiago; Salah, Nunez, Firmino

However, with Carvalho on the scoresheet against Lyon, and Naby Keita back to fitness, there are other options for Klopp.

The Liverpool boss may opt to bring both into his midfield:

  • Same back four that started vs Lyon
  • Keita in for Bajcetic, Carvalho in for Elliott, Thiago as the No. 6
  • Salah, Nunez and Firmino up top

Those tweaks would see Liverpool line up like this:

Kelleher; Milner, Matip, Gomez, Robertson; Thiago, Keita, Carvalho; Salah, Nunez, Firmino

Klopp used the vast majority of his squad last Sunday, but with less than a week until the Carabao Cup tie against Man City, don’t be surprised if he opts to give his senior players more minutes against Milan, with less opportunities for the youngsters.

Should he be available, Calvin Ramsay will be hoping for more game time, as will Kostas Tsimikas and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Alisson, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson are expected to return to training back on Merseyside next week.