It’s Manchester City. Pep Guardiola. And all these other things.
Jurgen Klopp therefore has big decisions to make for the selection of his team this afternoon.
What to do?
For starters, James Milner can stay right-back with injured Trent Alexander-Arnold.
With almost five days since the Champions League game in Porto, there’s no reason to change the backline – so it’s hello again to Alisson Becker, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip.
The same could be said for the midfielder, especially Fabinho and Jordan Henderson.
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But did Curtis Jones do enough to keep his role as titular?
Well, having a hand in the five goals in Portugal suggests he should stay ahead of Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Which leaves the attackers.
Mohamed Salah is certain. Determining the other two, however, is not that simple
Roberto Firmino’s brace on the bench against Porto means he should start, and Sadio Mane’s best defensive qualities mean he gets the green light past Diogo Jota on the left.
Jota can come in and cause harm in the second half.
My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Mane
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The biggest game of the season to date is upon us.
Three points for Liverpool would be huge heading into the international break, sending the Reds back to the top.
In truth, there probably isn’t much to polish for today’s squad, with the big decision in mind for Jurgen Klopp.
Diogo Jota or Roberto Firmino?
The Brazilian will be confident after Tuesday’s two-goal cameo on the substitutes bench in Porto and he could be in a better position to keep the ball against the Man City defense.
In midfield, Curtis Jones needs to get the green light after his superb performance against the Portuguese with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson by his side.
My team (4-3-3):Alisson; Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Firmino, Crinière
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Joe Rimmer – Diogo Jota impact sub
There is little room for error when facing Man City, and that means Jurgen Klopp has to pick his team selection well if Liverpool are to take three points.
The main areas of concern are the right-back and the midfielder.
But let’s start with the rest of the defense. Alisson starts, just like Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk. Kostas Tsimikas has emerged as a real contender at left-back, but Andy Robertson has to start this one.
And so on the right side, where Joe Gomez is a good option and might get the green light if Liverpool were away from home.
But James Milner’s impression on Trent Alexander-Arnold has been strong, so he should have the chance to continue his good form.
The lineup of the midfielder would usually be the subject of debate, but Curtis Jones has been in such good form that it would be foolish to leave him out.
Up front, it’s a choice between Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, with the dead certificates of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah to start.
I put the group back together and put Firmino, with Jota a good option as an impact sub if Liverpool need him.
My team (4-3-3): Alisson, Milner, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Jones; Salah, Mane, Firmino