The previous season was a mixed one for Liverpool as they finished up as the runners up in the Europa League, but finished a disappointing 8th in the League. Liverpool need to improve their performances in the League and bring some consistency. This is Klopp’s first summer transfer window at Liverpool and he has already made some changes to the personnel. Jurgen Klopp has made a few signings and fans will be eager to see the new arrivals play for Liverpool. It will be interesting to see the playing eleven that will play in the first league fixture. Here is the predicted lineup for the 4-2-3-1 formation.
Goalkeeper – Loris Karius
Liverpool made Loris Karius their recent signing of the summer. The Belgian shot stopper (Mignolet) had a horrible season last term and was heavily criticized due to which, Klopp bought Karius. Comparing Mignolet with Karius, Karius is better than the Belgian in certain aspects. Karius will surely need some time to adopt the nature of the Premier League, but he can easily become the number one choice for the German manager in the coming season.
Right Back – Nathaniel Clyne
Nathaniel Clyne was exceptional as Liverpool’s right back last season. He made 55 appearances for the side, the most by any Liverpool player and looked consistent throughout the year. He made excellent runs down the right wing and obliged to his defensive duties equally well.
Centre Backs – Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip
Dejan Lovren has shown remarkable improvement since Jurgen Klopp took over and is expected to be Liverpool’s first choice centre back. He had developed a good partnership with Mammadou Sakho, but as Sakho is serving a ban, it is understood that the Croatian will be lining up with the news signing, Joel Matip. Matip will add stability to Liverpool’s defense and he also defends set pieces well, something that Liverpool lacked last season. So he will be preferred to Mammadou Sakho.
Left Back – Alberto Moreno
Alberto Moreno did not have a very good season, making some defensive blunders. Majority of Liverpool’s fans wanted to see his back, but the club still hasn’t replaced him. Moreno is good going forward but he lacks the defensive qualities. If Liverpool are unable to find a better left back before the transfer window closes, Moreno will automatically be the first choice left back.
Central Midfielders – Emre Can and James Milner
Emre Can was one of Liverpool’s top players. He had a very good season and was exceptional in both the halves of the pitch. He combined well with Coutinho and set up attacks and made perfect tackles while defending. He will surely be in the starting eleven. James Milner will also be very vital to Klopp’s plans in the next season. Milner is a utility player and his stamina and dedication make him perfect for the high pressing game. Can will play more as a defensive midfielder and Milner will propel the attacks.
Attacking Midfielders – Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Piotr Zielinski
Selecting the attacking midfielders will be a very tough task for Jurgen Klopp as he has options like Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino and Zielinski to choose from. Philippe Coutinho was Liverpool’s best player last season and he was exceptional. He will be in the first team for sure. Roberto Firmino took some time to adjust to life at Liverpool, but since Jurgen Klopp took over, he became more influential in the attacking midfield and formed a very good partnership with Coutinho. Zielinski will surely need some time to adopt the nature of the Premier League and he will face tough competition from Adam Lallana for a place in the starting eleven. But Klopp might give Zielinski the first preference.
Forward – Daniel Sturridge
Liverpool have three very good options for the striker’s role with Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi fighting for a place in the team. Origi still needs development in some areas and he will not be a regular starter. If Daniel Sturridge commits his future to the club, he will surely be the first choice striker. He is a proven finisher, but the only problem is his fitness. If Sturridge can maintain his fitness, he can become one of the most lethal strikers in the Premier League. Danny Ings missed almost all of last season with an injury and he might be the second choice striker for Jurgen Klopp and will surely get his chances.
Substitutes – Simon Miglolet, Mammadou Sakho, Jon Flanagn, Marko Grujic, Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Divock Origi, Adam Lallana.