Jurgen Klopp faces Thiago Alcantara decision as Roberto Firmino poses Liverpool headache

Jurgen Klopp faces Thiago Alcantara decision as Roberto Firmino poses Liverpool headache

Liverpool stabilized the ship again with an important victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
Diogo Jota scored the Reds’ lone goal in added time for the first half as they fought to secure a 1-0 triumph for Molineux.

The champions now have almost three weeks before they travel to Arsenal on Sunday April 4.

And here we turn to the changes Jurgen Klopp could make when his team are next in action.

Reverse rotation?

Much of the run-up to the Emirates clash will be spent with Klopp and his coaching staff crossing their fingers and just about everything in the hope that Liverpool players emerge from international duty unscathed.

The odds suggest that there will be at least one problem to struggle with.

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But with Brazil’s games postponed, goalkeeper Alisson Becker is not among those leaving. The period could also give Caoimhin Kelleher time to regain his physical form, while Adrian is another option.

With Arsenal’s game being the first of six games in three weeks for the Reds, rotation is likely elsewhere in the squad.

However, Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips have become the premier center-back duo, with Fabinho now seated in midfield. Rhys Williams and Ben Davies are the alternatives.

Trent Alexander-Arnold continues to regain his form – Neco Williams stands ready to substitute if necessary – but Andy Robertson has looked tired of late. Kostas Tsimikas is expected to start at some point next month, but maybe not at Arsenal.

Thiago’s decision-making approaches

There is no doubt that Thiago Alcantara has found the Champions League more to his liking than the Premier League in recent weeks.

And as the Reds face the first leg of their quarter-final a few days later, the Spaniard can be seen banked in the Emirates.

Regardless, Klopp has several operations in the engine room, with Gini Wijnaldum and Fabinho having started at Molineux and Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain being introduced from the bench.

Curtis Jones, unused at Wolves, will also be eager to start having missed out on the last three games.

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Firmino pose

Diogo Jota’s return to fitness was timely as he quickly rediscovered his scoring form while replacing injured Roberto Firmino.

Firmino is expected to be back for the trip to Arsenal, leaving Klopp with a welcome headache to either call the Brazilian back or stay with Jota alongside wingers Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

Of course, Jota could potentially move widely and give either Mane or Salah a break.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi, absent on Monday due to a muscle injury, are other alternatives.


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