The Reds head to Carrow Road on the opening weekend of the season as they take on Daniel Farke’s newly promoted side, but with recent injury increases for the long-term Liverpool trio and rumors continuing of potential entries, how will Klopp align with opening day?
In terms of defense, Alisson, despite minimal training, is expected to be between the sticks on Matchday 1, but Liverpool could field a new face – Ibrahima Konate.
Trent Alexander-Arnold appears to be recovering well from the thigh injury that kept him from competing at this summer’s European Championships, as he joined his teammates in full training on Thursday for the first time during camp. this summer. Suggesting he will start against Norwich if all goes according to plan over the next few weeks.
Liverpool’s central defensive partnership will certainly have more experience than the one they finished the last campaign with, as Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips helped the Reds cross the line on the final day of the 20/21 season.
Klopp could start Liverpool’s title challenge by fielding a new signing Konate alongside Joel Matip, as comments this week from the Liverpool boss seem to suggest the Cameroonian is the most advanced of his injured defenders when it comes to rehabilitation.
“Joel looks good, absolutely he’s probably the closest to normal training and then we’ll see when we get him to start playing,” Klopp said on Liverpool’s official website earlier this week.
Andy Robertson appears to have been given extra leave this summer after the 50 outings he handled for the Reds last season, followed by Scotland captain at Euro.
The Scotsman could join his teammates in Austria on Monday July 26, which would give him three weeks to prepare for Liverpool’s opener. Which should be more than enough to prepare him for his lung races on the opening day of the season.
The midfielder is where things might look slightly different, given that Liverpool have lost their almost always-present motor Gini Wijnaldum.
If Liverpool are to learn any lessons from last year’s failures, then that will be how integral Fabinho is.
And with the Brazilian Copa American finalists reporting to Kirkby in early August, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the German push his Brazilian dynamo straight into the eleven with just a few weeks of training under his belt.
Curtis Jones and James Milner are two who perhaps could be given the nod to start with Fabinho.
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With Milner’s international commitments being redundant since the summer of 2016, the advantage that he has an extended hiatus this summer could, once again, pay Klopp dividends, as other midfielders like Thiago and Jordan Henderson in will be in the early stages of their preseason. schedules.
Likewise, with Curtis Jones having no commitments this summer due to England’s elimination from Euro U21 in March, Klopp could opt for his talented young scouser as he potentially pairs him alongside Milner.
Liverpool’s newest addition to their foursome, Diogo Jota, will more than likely be prepared for an East Anglia debut as Roberto Firmino recovers from this summer’s Copa America mileage.
And Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are expected to take their usual places in Liverpool’s attacking trio as the duo have enjoyed an extended break over the summer months for the first time in their Liverpool careers. Something their manager hinted at earlier in the week.
Klopp said: “Mo [Salah] was seven weeks old, Sadio didn’t because he played for Senegal, so I think he had about five weeks. But it’s incredibly long – they’re used to two and a half weeks in the summer. “
New potential faces
It looks like this summer Liverpool are playing the long game when it comes to new entrants.
Konate has been Liverpool’s only addition so far. However, given how pre-arranged this deal was, it was no surprise that it only took a few days after their season ended to finalize the deal.
The Reds took a similar approach last year when they rushed to secure the services of Olympiakos full-back Kostas Tsimikas.
However, fans had to stay seated as it wasn’t until mid-September that the Reds acted to bring Thiago and Jota to the club.
Liverpool will have to find an answer to replace the 51 games accumulated by Wijnaldum last season. It could still be in the transfer market. But, the signs coming out of Anfield at the moment appear to be that the club are happy to sit still and be patient when it comes to making a deal.
Saul Niguez, John McGinn and Youri Tielemans have their admirers at Anfield, but Flourin Neuhaus arguably remains a more likely prospect, although Liverpool have chosen to let the German midfielder’s buyout clause expire. It might still be possible for the Reds to return to Borussia Mönchengladbach with an offer later in the window.
Since clubs may be more open to selling due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, holding out until the end of the window could provide Michael Edwards with the platform to maintain his track record of savvy, astute and efficient working in the transfer market.
Composition possible : Alisson ; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konaté, Robertson; Fabinho, Jones, Milner; Salah, Mane, Jota.
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