Reports offer insight into how Liverpool will line up against Norwich
Counting down to the new season
Liverpool kick off their new Premier League season on Saturday evening, travelling to Carrow Road to take on newly-promoted Norwich City. Jurgen Klopp’s side will be looking to improve on their third-placed finish last season, but with the return of defensive options Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, they are well placed to do so.
The Merseyside outfit, however, are far from full strength heading into their season opener, with the aformentioed duo not yet up to full fitness and left-back Andy Robertson suffering a potentially serious injury in pre-season.
Told Andy Robertson set to be out for “weeks rather than months” with ankle ligament damage which feels like positive news given how bad that injury initially looked yesterday.https://t.co/fMzWLwuxwC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) August 9, 2021
As a result, Greek fullback Kostas Tsimikas is likely to fill in for the Scot, with Tsimikas having impressed during pre-season.
Midfield spots up for grabs
Further forward, however, spots are allegedly up for grabs.
As per The Athletic [Via Anfield Watch], Fabinho and Naby Keita are set to take two of the midfield berths at the weekend, with both well-versed in Liverpool’s high press system.
🚨 NEW: Fabinho and Naby Keita are likely to take two of the three starting spots with James Milner, Harvey Elliott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all in contention for the final place. #awlive [the athletic] pic.twitter.com/s6uFzjkVAp
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) August 11, 2021
Who will occupy the third spot, however, seemingly remains up in the air. As per the same source, veteran James Milner, former Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and youngster Harvey Elliot who, like Tsimikas, has impressed in pre-season.
Were Elliot to be chosen, it would suggest a more attacking lineup, which could perhaps turn out in a 4-2-3-1 formation. However, the other two would indicate Klopp’s desire to remain in the familiar 4-3-3 setup.
Elsewhere, it is unclear who will form the defensive partnership, where new boy Ibrahim Konate could be in line for his Premier League debut. It is thought that the familiar front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah will all, barring late change, spearhead the side.
The midfield selection, however, promises to be intriuging.