On the hunt for a third consecutive win across all competitions, Liverpool entertain Nottingham Forest at Anfield on Sunday in the Premier League.
The Reds smashed Toulouse 5-1 at home in Thursday’s Europa League encounter and went top of Group E. With three wins in as many games, they are on the brink of qualifying for the Europa League knockout rounds.
Having defeated Merseyside rivals Everton 2-0 at Anfield last weekend, Jurgen Klopp will hope to see a similar kind of performance from his boys against Nottingham Forest, who come into this game off the back of a 2-2 draw with Luton Town.
Liverpool Team News
Liverpool’s injury list has a familiar look for this weekend’s league encounter against Nottingham Forest, meaning Andy Robertson, Stefan Bajcetic, Ben Doak and Thiago Alcantara are the only players on the treatment table, while Curtis Jones serves the third and final match of his domestic suspension.
Predicted Liverpool lineup vs Nottingham Forest (4-3-3)
Liverpool are expected to start the game in their usual 4-3-3 formation, with Alisson Becker in goal. The Brazilian will enter the first XI at the expense of Caoimhin Kelleher, who started in Liverpool’s midweek 5-1 Europa League win over Toulouse.
Back-up Kostas Tsimikas deputised for the injured Andy Robertson at left-back in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Everton last weekend. Having been an unused substitute in midweek with teenager Luke Chambers starting against Toulouse, Tsimikas should be restored to the team sheet at the weekend.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is a certainty to start at right-back, while Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate should replace Joel Matip and Joel Gomez in central defence from the Toulouse game.
Wataru Endo caught the eye with his display as a No.6 in midweek, but Alexis Mac Allister is expected to come back into the starting XI and demote the Japan international to the bench. Ryan Gravenberch certainly did enough in the big win over Toulouse to earn a start against Forest, whereas Dominik Szoboszlai should be fresh to take the pitch after being an unused substitute on Thursday.
The troika of Szoboszlai, Mac Allister and Gravenberch will be aiming to take control of the game as early as possible and putting Forest on the back foot.
It remains to be seen who joins Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah in the Liverpool front three. Salah scored a last-gasp goal after coming on as a substitute against Toulouse but will surely start again here, while Diaz takes his spot on the left flank.
Darwin Nunez impressed with a goal in the Reds’ 5-1 smashing of Toulouse, and he could be given the chance to shine from off the off against Forest ahead of Diogo Jota. Cody Gakpo made his return from a knee problem on Thursday and could get minutes here from the bench as well.
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