Our writers pick their teams for the FA Cup clash with Norwich City on Sunday.
Ian Doyle – Van Dijk and Gomez rested
Liverpool against Norwich City at Anfield for a place in the last 16 of the FA Cup.
Except you’re not really thinking about that right now, are you?
Jurgen Klppp is, though. And he has some interesting choices to make regards team selection.
Alisson Becker is the goalkeeper, and I wouldn’t risk Trent Alexander-Arnold just yet so Conor Bradley continues at right-back. However, it’s time for Andy Robertson to return on the other flank, while Virgil van Dijk can join Joe Gomez in having a breather with Ibrahima Konate partnering Jarell Quansah at centre-back.
In midfield. Alexis Mac Allister won’t be risked so Curtis Jones can play as the number six. Harvey Elliott is to his right, with Ryan Gravenberch left.
Up top, Diogo Jota can go down the middle with Luis Diaz left and Cody Gakpo right.
My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Quansah, Robertson; Jones, Elliott, Gravenberch; Gakpo, Jota, Diaz
Paul Gorst – Clark gets a chance in midfield
It might get lost in a lot of emotion of what will be a surreal Anfield afternoon today but there is a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup at stake.
Most of the attention and interest will be trained on Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans’ reaction to their manager in what is his first game since that shock announcement on Friday that he will stand down at the end of the campaign but complacency cannot set in against Championship side Norwich City.
But with Chelsea and Arsenal to play next week in a massive few days of Premier League action, the leaders can look to shuffle their pack this afternoon.
Caoimhin Kelleher can start in goal and Conor Bradley gets the nod for me at right-back despite the potential comeback of Trent Alexander-Arnold. The vice-captain can wait in reserve with Chelsea to come at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Ibrahima Konate and Jarrell Quansah partner each other in the centre and there is a recall for Andy Robertson after three months out with a dislocated shoulder. The return of the popular defender will be a huge boost for the squad, despite the imperious form of Joe Gomez, who has been outstanding all season.
In midfield, there’s a start for Curtis Jones at the base of the midfield with Bobby Clark and Harvey Elliott further forward. Dominik Szoboszlai might get some minutes off the bench if required and Alexis Mac Allister can rest up too.
Up top the options are more sparse. Cody Gakpo leads the line with Darwin Nunez off the left and Luis Diaz on the right. Diogo Jota can sit it out unless he is needed.
My team (4-3-3): Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Quansah, Robertson; Jones, Elliott, Clark; Diaz, Gakpo, Nunez
Theo Squires – Beck gets an opportunity.
It’s business as usual for Liverpool following Jurgen Klopp’s bombshell exit admission this week. With Norwich City the latest visitors to Anfield, there are trophies to be won.
Alisson is the FA Cup goalkeeper and he captains the side behind a youthful back four. Conor Bradley and Jarell Quansah keep their places with Virgil van Dijk afforded a rest.
Ibrahima Konate comes back in to start, but Joe Gomez has earned rest too so Owen Beck gets a full debut for the club. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson can make do with places on the bench.
Curtis Jones comes back in for Ryan Gravenberch in midfield, with Dominik Szoboszlai also afforded a gradual return to action.
And Diogo Jota returns to the attack in place of Cody Gakpo. The Portuguese impressed on the right in the second half vs Bournemouth last weekend so, having been the most comfortable Mohamed Sakah deputy so far, let’s see if he can do similar from the start.
My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Bradley, Konate, Quansah, Beck; Elliott, Mac Allister, Jones; Jota, Nunez, Diaz.
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