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Reports offer insight into how Liverpool will line up against Norwich

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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.

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.

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.

 

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