Jurgen Klopp confronts a Darwin Nunez decision as the Reds thinking of a midfield change
Issues follow Anfield as Klopp faces a Darwin Nunez decision to make while the Scousers consider a midfield change.
Klopp on Darwin Nunez decision and midfield adjustments
With a superb victory over Manchester City on Sunday, Liverpool began to turn around their mediocre start to the Premier League season.
At Anfield, the Reds handed the champions their first top-flight loss of the season thanks to a strike from Mohamed Salah, 14 minutes from full time. When Liverpool host West Ham United on Wednesday night, they will now want to start narrowing the distance on the top four.
Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk are virtually set to stay as the center-back partnership after excelling against City, with Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate also anticipated to stay out. The other prominent option is Nat Phillips, who sits on the bench on weekends.
Andy Robertson, the team’s first-choice left-back instead of Kostas Tsimikas, had his first appearance at left-back in more than five weeks on Sunday.
James Milner excelled at right-back while playing the full 90 minutes in the Premier League for just the sixth time in the past 18 months. Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to return on the opposite flank after a quick cameo from the bench. Meanwhile, last week, Calvin Ramsay was absent from all training sessions.
Alisson Becker continues to wear the number one shirt, and Caoimhin Kelleher has supplanted Adrian as the Brazilian’s backup.
Given the demanding timetable leading up to the World Cup next month and the recent transition to a hybrid 4-2-3-1/4-4-2 shape, Klopp is likely to rotate his midfield options.
Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara were the central midfield’s foundation, but it looks like Jordan Henderson, who came on as a substitute against City, will take one of their places. For the seasoned Milner to begin again in four days in two different places would be much to expect. With Diogo Jota joining Luis Diaz on the bench, Klopp’s key decision may be who begins on the left wing.