By Max Chaytor
As it looks like Liverpool are not going to strengthen their first team this season, let’s look at
the potential line-up for the Reds as we face Manchester City in the Community Shield on
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker – Despite only set to return from his holidays and Copa America
escapades at the start of the week, its almost definite that the Brazilian shotstopper will
start in the mouth-watering traditional season curtain-raiser on Sunday. His presence has
been missed during pre-season, as the Reds have won only 2 out of their 6 pre-season
games, conceding 10 goals, albeit, with a make-shift defence.
Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold – Another easy choice for Klopp, especially after
Nathaniel Clyne suffered a huge injury setback which means that Joe Gomez will most likely
have to cover Trent at right-back this season. Trent stayed fit for the majority of last season,
hence why Clyne was shipped out on loan to Bournemouth – so TAA should keep his coveted
right-back for the 2019/2020 season.
Centre-backs: Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip – The pairing that lasted the majority of last
season is likely to carry on into 19/20, such was the performance of the pair. Van Dijk got all
the plaudits last season, but Matip impressed alongside the giant Dutchman, which will see
the Cameroonian keep his place in front of Joe Gomez this season.
Left-back: Andy Robertson – The clubs only out-and-out left back for this season after
Alberto Moreno’s departure to Villarreal, Robbo only missed games last season through
suspension, and when Moreno didn’t feature, fan-favourite James Milner deputised at full
back. But after an astonishing 11 assists last year, Robertson has quickly established himself
as one of the best full-backs in Europe but will have to stay fit the entire season as the clubs
Central midfielders: Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum – The most
problem area of the team; the one position that LFC fans believed needed strengthening
during the summer, and so far, hasn’t. Fabinho is almost a certain; played a superb game
against Barcelona man-marking the best player in the world, and had an assertive role in the
UCL final, the Brazilian is everything the Reds need in a defensive midfielder, and arguably
one of the best in the Premier League. Captain Jordan Henderson reinvented himself after
Christmas in a more advanced role and started regularly then onwards. After lifting number
6 in Madrid, Jordan will again almost definitely start regularly throughout the season. The
final midfield position is the big question in this Liverpool team; perhaps in Klopp got Fekir
over the line about a year ago LFC may have a Premier League trophy; he seemed as though
he was the creative, attacking spark this team needed. But the deal fell through and Gini
Wijnaldum started the season, and Klopp then slowly introduced Naby Keita into the team.
But just as he was hitting form in the last few months of the season, injury struck him out for
the rest of the season, but Wijnaldum had played most of the season, and was an unsung
hero. This looks to be LFC’s midfield for the opening part of the season at least.
Left-winger: Sadio Mane – Fresh from one of his busiest and best seasons yet, the joint-
Golden Boot winner has only just finished AFCON duty with Senegal, losing to Algeria in the
final. Easily one of the best left-wingers in world football, he is a crucial in Liverpool’s deadly
front three. Easily one of the first names on the team sheet.
Striker: Roberto Firmino – Probably the most important part of not only the front three, but
the entire team, ‘Bobby’ works tirelessly trying to win back the ball in the attacking half, and
when he does, he sprays it to Sadio or Salah on the wing and then sprints in an around the
box to try and nab himself a goal. He does this almost every minute of every game he plays,
and without him, Liverpool would not be the same attacking threat they are now
synonymous with. But, as seen I against Barcelona, a certain Divock Origi is also capable, but
Firmino will be the one starting this season.
Right-winger: Mohamed Salah – The poster boy of this Liverpool team, Salah has scored 59
goals in his two Premier League seasons with Liverpool. It’s a record that speaks for itself,
and Salah is arguably now the League’s best winger after one of his main challengers, Eden
Hazard, has left for Real Madrid, Salah will have to prove once and for all that he is the
league’s best winger.
So, this looks like its going to be the team that will face City in the Community Shield on
Sunday, regardless whether Klopp does delve into the market between now and then. It’s
the same squad that brought home no. 6, lets hope they can bring back even more in