Liverpool are up against Manchester City as Premier League returns after an international break. Jurgen Klopp men are in desperate need of a win as they look to gain ground on their rivals this week.

Currently, Liverpool are currently placed 7th in the Premier League points table behind Burnley. On the other hand, Manchester United are in 2nd, behind the league leaders on goal difference.

Both the sides suffered a few crucial injuries during the international break. Here is how we expect Liverpool to line up on Saturday –

Defence

Simon Mignolet has somewhat cemented his spot in goal and is expected to start in this crucial game. Liverpool’s defensive line has come under scrutiny this season. The Reds have conceded 12 goals, most amongst the top half of the table.

Dejan Lovern and Joel Matip are set to form the heart of the defence once again. 19-year old Alexander-Arnold will be paired with Alberto Moreno to keep a check on the United winger at Anfield on Saturday.

Midfield 

Mane’s injury could see some shuffling in the midfield this weekend. Jurgen Klopp is likely to swap to flat three in the middle of the park against Manchester United.

Henderson and Wijnaldum have been in good touch for the Reds this season and are set to take retain their spots in the starting XI.

Emre Can was dropped for the game against Newcastle United last game week. But the German is set to make his return in this week’s fixture.

Attack

Sadio Mane won’t be featuring this crucial fixture. The Senegalese forward suffered a hamstring injury and is set to be out for the next six weeks. In his absence, Coutinho will be taking up the responsibilities on the left wing.

Salah had an amazing break as he helped Egypt book their tickets for next summer’s extravaganza in Russia. Jurgen Klopp will be expecting him to continue his form on the right wing for Liverpool as well.

Surprisingly, Firmino was dropped to the bench against Newcastle United in the last round of fixture. Daniel Sturridge failed to score in that game and the Brazilian is set to lead the line once again

Predicted Lineup

Mignolet; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovern, Moreno; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Can; Coutinho, Firmino, Salah