Liverpool are gearing up to face Fulham at Anfield, following their triumphant 2-0 win against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Hoping to edge closer to a Wembley appearance, Liverpool are set to clash with Fulham in the first leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final at Anfield this Wednesday.
In top form, the Reds have secured victories in their last three matches. Notably, they dominated Arsenal with a 2-0 triumph in the third round of the FA Cup and currently lead the Premier League.
With ambitions across four competitions, Liverpool squad faces intense demands. With that in mind, Newsnow Liverpool has highlighted possible tactical changes Jurgen Klopp may consider making for the Wednesday Fulham encounter.
Goalkeeper and Defence
For the upcoming Carabao Cup match, Caoimhin Kelleher is set to replace Alisson Becker in goal. Kelleher, hailing from the Republic of Ireland, has fond memories of Wembley, especially his heroic performance in the penalty shootout win against Chelsea.
The effectiveness of Liverpool central defence largely hinges on Virgil van Dijk’s fitness. Van Dijk was absent due to illness against Arsenal, but Jarell Quansah’s impressive partnership with Ibrahima Konate provided some relief. Considering Konate’s tendency for frequent minor injuries, manager Klopp might hesitate to field him again unless van Dijk recovers in time.
On the left-back front, Joe Gomez has stepped up admirably in the absence of Andy Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas. While Owen Beck recently returned from his loan stint at Dundee, his suspension against Arsenal kept him out. Now eligible, the 21-year-old is eager for a significant club debut.
Furthermore, Conor Bradley offers versatility, capable of playing on either flank for Trent Alexander-Arnold. Bradley’s recent cameo against Arsenal showcased his prowess, particularly in containing Gabriel Martinelli. After recovering from a lengthy back injury, his successful loan period at Bolton has bolstered his aspirations for consistent first-team opportunities.
Alexis Mac Allister made a 60-minute appearance in his first start since his knee injury recovery. With Wataru Endo representing Japan in the Asian Cup, Mac Allister is expected to fill the No.6 role.
Dominik Szoboszlai remains sidelined due to a hamstring issue. Cody Gakpo struggled in midfield during the initial half against Arsenal. Harvey Elliott might shift to the midfield, but Bobby Clark could also be considered by Klopp.
Clark, a 19-year-old talent, has impressed the Liverpool coaching staff. An ankle injury previously sidelined him, but he displayed maturity by taking a tactical yellow card against Arsenal.
In the No.8 position, Ryan Gravenberch may start over Curtis Jones. Gravenberch played a crucial role, earning the free-kick that led to Liverpool’s goal at the Emirates Stadium.
Liverpool have been taking a careful approach with Diogo Jota since his return from a hamstring injury. However, given his impactful performances on three separate occasions, it seems likely he will be starting in upcoming matches.
Luis Diaz, who sealed the win with a goal during stoppage time, has certainly earned his place in the lineup. He was positioned on the right flank in the game against Arsenal, which proved beneficial. This strategy might be adopted by Klopp with Mo Salah during the AFCON.
Meanwhile, Darwin Nunez showcased his speed and created challenges for Arsenal while playing on the left. There remains a discussion about his optimal position, but Gakpo is also a potential contender for the spot. Additionally, Kaide Gordon, who notably played in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal at the age of 17, stands as another choice for the team.
Possible Liverpool Lineup vs Fulham: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, van Dijk, Gomez, Mac Allister, Elliott, Gravenberch, Diaz, Jota, Nunez.
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