Liverpool roster set to start against West Brom on Boxing Day
After a landslide 7-0 away win at Crystal Palace, Liverpool welcome relegation contenders West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day at Anfield.
The champions lead the Premier League four points ahead of Leicester, having scored more goals than any other team in the division so far. They face a Baggies team now coached by Sam Allardyce, who was the last coach invited to leave Anfield with a victory in April 2017.
After a week off, Liverpool will enter this game looking to take advantage of this fact and Jurgen Klopp will look to play his strongest side to start the busy festive schedule with three points.
Alisson Becker (GK) – The obvious choice of goal, it begins as soon as it is in shape.
Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB) – Best academy product to emerge since Steven Gerrard, Alexander-Arnold is one of the best in the world. It starts.
Joël Matip (CB) – Good aerodynamics, good ball, excellent position knowledge and experience. Matip is sure to start off as the best option available in the back.
Fabinho (CB) – Naturally defensive midfielder, Fabinho took the position of the central defender like a duck in the water.
Andrew Robertson (LB) – No player has more assists than Robertson in the Premier League since the start of the 2018/19 campaign. Key to their offense but also a world class defender.
Jordan Henderson (DM) – Fantastic captain. The glue that holds the team together and keeps it high starts when it’s in shape.
Gini Wijnaldum (CM) – Contract disputes haven’t stopped him from performing well this season and his boundless energy makes him key to Klopp’s system.
Curtis Jones (CM) – The creative cog in midfield in Thiago’s absence, has overtaken Naby Keita in the pecking order and has shone this season.
Mohamed Salah (RW) – The talisman and the main man, Salah’s record for Liverpool makes him the first name on the team sheet when in form.
Sadio Mane (LW) – Arguably the Premier League’s best left winger, Mane has broken a nine-game drought in all competitions against Palace. West Brom, beware.
Roberto Firmino (ST) – Three goals and an assist in Firmino’s last two games show he’s back in shape. Remains key to Klopp’s system and will start in his favorite role of false nine.