How Liverpool could line up against Greuther Furth with six definite absences

How Liverpool could line up against Greuther Furth with six definite absences

Liverpool will be in action today as they face Greuther Furth, a team from Bundesliga 2, in a friendly match that will be played without spectators.

This is only Liverpool’s second pre-season match of the summer. In their previous match last Wednesday against Karlsruher, they emerged victorious with a 4-2 scoreline in a thrilling encounter. 

The team has been preparing diligently for the upcoming season with a rigorous training camp in the Black Forest, which happens to be the hometown of their manager, Jurgen Klopp.

In the last game, Liverpool secured their win thanks to goals from Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, and two late strikes from Diogo Jota. Both Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister made their debuts for the team, with the latter providing an assist for Jota’s second goal. 

Unfortunately, Szoboszlai will miss the match against Greuther Furth due to a minor ankle injury sustained during training, although it is not considered to be a serious concern.

Alisson Becker was absent from the Karlsruher match due to injury, and although there have been pictures of him training, it remains uncertain if he has fully returned to physical sessions. Consequently, he might continue to be sidelined for the time being.

Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, who won the European U21 Championships with England, are now back in training. However, they are unlikely to be ready for the upcoming match. 

On a positive note, Stefan Bajcetic is making progress in his recovery from injury, while Thiago Alcantara is still undergoing rehabilitation. Neither of them will be available to play against Furth.

In contrast to previous years when senior players returned late due to disrupted summers from international competitions, Klopp has chosen a strong line-up in recent matches. 

This trend is expected to continue against Furth as the team focuses on improving their fitness ahead of the opening game against Chelsea, which is only three weeks away.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has been deployed in the number six position for the Reds. Given the potential moves of Jordan Henderson to Al Ettifaq and Fabinho to Al Ittihad, the Scouser is likely to continue in this role.

Both Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo made a strong impression in the second half of the match against Karlsruher, which could earn them a spot in the starting lineup. 

Additionally, young talent James McConnell, who got an opportunity in the second half, might also be given a chance to start in midfield, as well as Mac Allister.

However, it is expected that the entire lineup would be changed at half-time, meaning that different players might be brought on for the second half to give the team more opportunities to evaluate and test different combinations.

Possible Liverpool XI: Kelleher, Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Alexander-Arnold, McConnell, Mac Allister; Salah, Jota, Gakpo

How Liverpool could line up against Greuther Furth with six definite absences

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