How Liverpool may line up vs Everton as triple Jürgen Klopp dilemma includes Alexis Mac Allister


Liverpool has another six days to wait until it is back in action again with the Merseyside derby against Everton up next. After that comes more winnable league matches against Nottingham Forest, Luton and Brentford.

There are still lots of international fixtures to get out of the way, with most players who are away with their nations set to be involved midweek before traveling back. South American trio Alexis Mac Allister, Luis Díaz and Darwin Núñez all set to be in action in the early hours of Wednesday morning (UK time), meaning they will only just be back in time. That could impact selection.

Alisson Becker, of course, will be in goal (he is also away in South America will Brazil but goalkeepers are different to outfielders in terms of fatigue) and in front of him, there is a concern about Andy Robertson. Assuming that the Scotland full-back is not back again after dislocating his shoulder, Kostas Tsimikas is a clear candidate to step in and replace him, with the Greek impressing for his country on international duty.

At center-back, there is a choice of Ibrahima Konaté, Joël Matip and Joe Gomez to line up alongside captain Virgil van Dijk. Konaté would be the likeliest pick but both Matip and Gomez have done well at times this season when called upon and whoever it is, there would be no concerns about them being involved. Trent Alexander-Arnold will be on the right.

Mac Allister was a major talking point before the international break after playing as the defensive midfielder against his former club Brighton and not being perfect, but he remains the best option that Jürgen Klopp has available to him. Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić are not expected to be back.

Wataru Endō looks more like a player for the squad than the starting XI, at least for now, unless, like after he came back late last month, Mac Allister is jetlagged and unable to feature. A month ago, he was taken off after a difficult 45 minutes against Wolves where he clearly wasn't ready to play.

Dominik Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch should occupy the other midfield berths with Curtis Jones suspended for another two Premier League matches. Harvey Elliott, who was excellent for England U21s earlier in the week, can be an impact sub, which is a role he has excelled in so far this season.

In attack, Mohamed Salah is a certainty. Diogo Jota is now back from suspension and could be involved but he is more likely to be a substitute with Núñez and Díaz completing the starting team.

Cody Gakpo is not expected to be out for too long after coming off injured against Spurs, but even just having Jota available again will make a big impact here. Jota could start ahead of one of the South Americans if they are not deemed ready to play immediately after their long traveling back from international games.

Liverpool predicted line-up to face Everton: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konaté, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Gravenberch; Salah, Núñez, Díaz

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