The newly crowned Premier League champions will look to continue their excellent Premier League record when they face outgoing champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Thursday in a potential blockbuster match.
Though Pep Guardiola’s men are 23 points behind the Reds at this moment, they certainly don’t look like the team who are that far behind. This, in turn, shows just how good Liverpool have been.
Thursday’s game could be a mini rehearsal of what is to come next season, with City expected to come hard at Liverpool and not allow them an easy ride.
For Liverpool, it is a chance to show their championship-winning mentality and stamp their authority on their closest rivals.
In terms of team news, James Milner is back in training but remains a doubt for this game, while Joel Matip has will miss the rest of this season.
That all being said, here’s how we think Klopp may line his XI up:
GK - Alisson
Alisson was a mere spectator against Crystal Palace in the previous league game. He is expected to be busier on Thursday though.
RB - Trent Alexander-Arnold
The right-back scored a fantastic goal last week and looked to be in good shape. He is set to start against City, hoping to keep Raheem Sterling quiet on that side.
CB - Joe Gomez
Gomez had a good game against Palace and looked comfortable at the back. He is almost certain to partner Virgil van Dijk for this game,
CB - Virgil van Dijk
Not much doubt about whether we will see van Dijk in defence or not. He is probably the first name on the teamsheet.
LB - Andy Robertson
After missing out on the derby, Robertson looked in good shape against Palace. He has trained well in the past few days and should start on Thursday night.
CDM - Fabinho
Fabinho has probably the best player for Liverpool since the resumption. He is set to start against the outgoing champions, hoping to stamp his authority on the game.
RCM - Jordan Henderson
Fresh from becoming the captain of the Premier League-winning side, Henderson should be ready to start in midfield. His form has been good as well.
LCM - Georginio Wijnaldum
After a steady and composed performance against Palace last week, Wijnaldum is predicted to retain his place in the midfield. His calmness on and off the ball will be key against City.
RW - Mohamed Salah
Salah missed the Merseyside derby but looked sharp as anything against Palace. He is set to start on the right wing at the Etihad, hoping to cause City loads of problems.
ST - Roberto Firmino
Firmino has been good since the resumption, despite not scoring any goals. His role in the team is impeccably important for the work he does. The Brazilian looks set to lead the line on Thursday.
LW - Sadio Mane
Man in form Sadio Mane will be one of the first names on the teamsheet come Thursday evening. The battle between him and Kyle Walker would be an interesting watch.