Dream Liverpool line-up vs Chelsea after Romeo Lavia signs, Ibrahima Konate returns and Luis Diaz starts

Dream Liverpool line-up vs Chelsea after Romeo Lavia signs, Ibrahima Konate returns and Luis Diaz starts

Klopp and sporting director Jorg Schmadtke are facing a race against time to strengthen the squad before the upcoming match in west London next Sunday at 4:30 pm. The Reds’ starting line-up is a topic of interest, and Liverpool fans and the manager are hoping for a fully fit team to face Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

One certainty in the starting line-up is Alisson Becker, who is likely to be the first name on the teamsheet. The back-four is expected to consist of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk, and Andy Robertson. Konate is set to replace Joel Matip, who struggled during Liverpool’s penultimate pre-season friendly against Bayern Munich in Singapore.

Throughout the summer, Alexander-Arnold’s role has been a key topic of discussion, with him often drifting into the midfield, a tactic that Klopp is likely to continue against Chelsea. The question now is who else will join the midfield trio in the starting line-up?

Mac Allister suffered a concern during the 4-3 loss to Bayern, limping off at halftime. However, Klopp downplayed the issue, indicating that the World Cup winner is expected to make his debut in the Premier League for the Reds. Similarly, fellow summer signing Szoboszlai is also likely to feature.

The absence of Fabinho, who played a vital role in the holding midfield position, has sparked discussions about who will fill that role. The ongoing saga with Lavia has seen Liverpool’s two bids rejected by Southampton. While the hope is that the situation will be resolved, it might be unrealistic to expect Lavia to make his debut this week due to limited preparation time.

In the meantime, Curtis Jones has been prominently featured in the midfield three during the summer and is more than capable of filling in for the position until Lavia settles in.

Klopp faces a delightful dilemma with an abundance of attacking options to choose from for his front three. Darwin Nunez, who has been in prolific form leading up to the season, could be a strong contender for a starting spot. On the other hand, Cody Gakpo has shown his capabilities as a number nine and might also be considered for the role. Additionally, there is the question of who will take up the position on the left side of the attack.

Luis Diaz showcased his immediate impact off the bench, scoring a goal from a brilliant move he initiated from his own half against Bayern. Diogo Jota has also displayed his abilities during pre-season matches, making him a potential impact player coming off the bench. Against Chelsea, Diaz’s style of play might be better suited to trouble their full-backs, while Jota’s versatility could prove useful in a substitute role.

Gakpo appears to be a strong candidate to lead the line, especially considering his involvement in the goal against Chelsea, which could serve as a blueprint to unlock their defense on Sunday. With the quality and blistering pace of Diaz and Mohamed Salah supporting him, the prospect of this attacking trio is enticing and has the potential to cause problems for Pochettino’s defensive line.

Liverpool’s dream XI to face Chelsea: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Jones, Szoboszlai; Salah, Gakpo, Diaz.

Dream Liverpool line-up vs Chelsea after Romeo Lavia signs, Ibrahima Konate returns and Luis Diaz starts

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