Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool’s mega plan to tackle United
Liverpool is ready to tackle United where they will be hosted in Old Trafford. For Klopp, a record-equaling 18th straight Premier League win would further strengthen their claim for the title.
Klopp is hoping to have Alisson Becker, Joel Matip and Mohamed Salah back from injury for the trip to Old Trafford.
He says, “Ali, Joel and Mo are looking better. How good, we will have to see. Two more seasons to come then we have to make decisions. Nothing fixed yet.”
Who will play as the number 1?
The first big call Klopp must make for the showdown at Old Trafford is who will start in goal for the Premier League leaders. Will it be Adrian or Allison?
The latter has not featured since tearing a calf muscle in the early staged of Liverpool’s opening game of the season against Norwich.
Adrian ably deputized for the Brazil international in the intervening period. Additionally, he has averaged 114 minutes of play for every goal conceded. This makes it the best figure for any ‘keeper in the top-flight this season.’
With Alisson having returned to first-team training earlier this week, Klopp has a huge decision to make. Who will Klopp choose as his number 1? A question only he can answer.
Klopp also has a tricky selection dilemma with it comes to picking a center-back partner for Virgil van Dijk.
The Netherlands International had lined up alongside Joel Matip throughout 2019 with the duo forming a formidable partnership at the back for the club.
This was until the Cameroonian picked up a knee problem in Liverpool’s win at Sheffield united.
However, Klopp received another injury boost when Matip returned to training at Melwood with the player declaring himself back to full fitness and available for selection.
In Matip’s absence, Klopp went with Joe Gomes against Red Bull Salzburg. But after the Champions League holders surprisingly let in three goals against the Austrians at Anfield, Klopp opted to bring in Dejan Lovren for his first start of the season against Leicester last time out.
So, there is no guarantee Matip will walk straight back into the team this Sunday. With their every chance, Klopp will stick with the same back four who overcame the Foxes before the International break.
Fabinho plus two…
Now we know that Klopp will not change his favored 4-3-3 formation. As always, with Liverpool, It’s the identity of the midfielder trio that is unknown.
Fabinho, despite traveling to Singapore with Brazil, is now one of the first names down on the Liverpool team sheet. Especially given the holding midfielder has still to lose a Premier League match he has started for the club.
But who Klopp chooses alongside Fabinho in midfield is open to debate with the German having to pick two from captain Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner.
Klopp often bases these decisions on just how many minuted his players have recently racked up which may mean a start for the evergreen Milner
In comparison, Henderson and Wijnaldum both played every minted of England’s and the Netherland’s respective Euro 202 qualifiers.
This means it may come down to a simple call between the duo for that final midfield berth at Old Trafford.