During the 11-day winter break, that saw Liverpool players jet around the world for some brief rest, Man City pulled to within two points of the Reds.
With Pep Guardiola’s side taking their break this weekend, though, Sunday’s match presents a chance to regain some breathing room over the current champions.
Here’s how Liverpool could line up as they face Bournemouth on the south coast.
Here’s what Klopp revealed in his press conference:
- Trent Alexander-Arnold and Dominik Szoboszlai aren’t “expected” to be fit
- However, they pair are considered a “maybe” to feature against Fulham
- Klopp added that Andy Robertson is “close” and “going in the right direction”
Liverpool’s XI vs. Bournemouth
The spot on the right side is where the questions lie, with Ryan Gravenberch and Elliott the two main contenders for the position.
In this scenario, we’re predicting Klopp will stick to his guns and play the same midfield that started against Fulham before the winter break.
Here is how Liverpool could line up:
- Conor Bradley keeps his place at right-back
- Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez remain as the three other defenders
- Elliott plays as a winger, with Bradley providing width on the overlap
This is how Liverpool would line up:
Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Gravenberch, Jones; Elliott, Nunez, Diaz
- Nunez starts on the left after impressing off the bench vs. Fulham
- Alisson returns as Caoimhin Kelleher takes a break between League Cup semi-final fixtures
- Diogo Jota is given another chance to influence things up front
Here’s how this alternate team would look:
Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Gomez; Mac Allister, Elliott, Jones; Diaz, Jota, Nunez
Liverpool have the stronger team on paper, but once you scratch below the starting XI, the bench will be full of youngsters.
They could step up, we’ve seen that happen this season, but the pressure will be on the senior players remaining to wrap the match up without the need for late drama.