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Liverpool: Predicted starting XI to face Watford

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Liverpool are back in Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to Watford in Claudio Ranieri’s first game in charge of the Hornets.

Their previous league outing saw Jurgen Klopp’s side draw 2-2 against Manchester City at Anfield after taking the lead twice thanks to goals from Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

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Now that the latest international break is out of the way, here’s how we think Liverpool will line up against Watford and what changes Klopp will make from his starting XI which faced City earlier this month – we predict that there will be four from that game.

International headache

In goal, we think Klopp will give Caoimhin Kelleher a chance in goal with Alisson Becker possibly unlikely to feature given his involvement with Brazil, who played against Uruguay in the early hours of Friday morning in their latest World Cup qualifying match.

Moving to the defence, with Trent Alexander-Arnold getting back to fitness after missing the City game before the break, we feel the manager will put him straight back into the team considering that he’s managed to provide two assists so far this season in the league. He comes in to replace the £140k-p/w earning James Milner, who struggled badly against his former club at Anfield last time out.

For the rest of the defence, we expect Klopp to go with the other three who lined up against City, with centre-backs Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk next to Andy Robertson at left-back.

In midfield, with Fabinho in the same boat as Alisson regarding his involvement with Brazil, it’s unlikely that he will start against Watford, so Klopp will need to tinker with his team.

If the Brazilian isn’t available, we think Jordan Henderson will move to a more withdrawn position (as he did against Burnley in August) where Fabinho played against City, bringing Naby Keita into the starting XI and keeping Curtis Jones in the side as Thiago Alcantara is still out injured.

Looking at the attacking line, even though Jota was declared fit for the match, we feel that Klopp could probably play it safe with him and not throw him in from the start, allowing Roberto Firmino to get back into the starting XI after being used as a second half substitute against City and not being involved with Brazil over the break.

On either side of Firmino, it would be a surprise if Klopp didn’t include both Mane and Salah in the starting XI given that the pair have a combined total of 10 league goals between them so far.

Are you confident Liverpool will beat Watford?

Whether or not this is the team Klopp goes with, we feel they should still have a great chance of keeping their unbeaten run in the league going considering that Watford have lost four out of their opening seven league games of the season.

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