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Jurgen Klopp faces Takumi Minamino decision as Liverpool ponder formation change


Liverpool will hope to get back in a winning groove and keep up the pressure at the top of the Premier League this weekend.

The Reds have won only once inside 90 minutes in their last six outings after a dismal goalless draw against Arsenal in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Thursday evening.

Liverpool remain at Anfield when they entertain Brentford on Sunday afternoon with top two sides Manchester City and Chelsea having met the previous day.

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

Matip question

Klopp surprised many by going strong with his starting line-up against Arsenal, although it failed to have the desired impact.

Alisson Becker made his first-ever League Cup appearance and will almost certainly remain in between the sticks ahead of Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian.



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Joel Matip impressed alongside Virgil van Dijk at centre-back but whether the Cameroonian can play twice inside three days remains to be seen. Ibrahima Konate is the more likely to step in, although Joe Gomez came off the bench on Thursday.

Trent Alexander-Arnold struggled at right-back after a bout of coronavirus with Neco Williams lively as a late substitute, while Kostas Tsimikas will hope to put pressure on Andy Robertson in the left-back role.

Middle muddle continues

The midfield once again gave real cause for concern as Liverpool flailed against Arsenal.

With Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott still not available and Naby Keita on Africa Cup of Nations duty, the Reds remain without their main creative edge in the engine room.

Jordan Henderson and James Milner both again disappointed in midweek with Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain bolstering their claims with decent cameos from the bench.

Fabinho would be expected to continue in the anchor role, with Tyler Morton another option.

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Gordon’s alive?

As much as Liverpool missed Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane on Thursday, they could also have done with Divock Origi being fit.

But Klopp will once again have only Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino as his senior available forwards.

One alternative would be to shift Jones into a forward role on the left, or consider a switch to a 4-2-3-1 to help bring Minamino into a central area with Firmino in behind.

It would, though, be a major call to give 17-year-old winger Kaide Gordon a Premier League bow.





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