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Liverpool gist: Changes Jürgen Klopp could make when his team enters the game with Aston Villa

Aug 29, 2023 #Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool will face Aston Villa in their next Premier League fixture, with Jürgen Klopp facing several of the squad’s players.

Liverpool came from behind for the second weekend in a row and recorded a memorable victory over Newcastle United on Sunday.

A late brace from substitute Darwin Nunez canceled out an early Anthony Gordon goal as the Reds secured a 2-1 win, despite being reduced to 10 men after Virgil van Dijk’s first red card.

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Liverpool will now aim to continue their impressive start to the season when they host Aston Villa next Sunday.

And here we look at the changes Jürgen Klopp could make when his team enters the game.

Van Dijk red card
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Liverpool will almost certainly be without their starting centre-back, with Van Dijk suspended and Ibrahima Konate a doubt after the muscle strain that forced him to miss the match against Newcastle.

Joel Matip started at Tyneside and was soon joined by Joe Gomez, with Jarell Quansah making his debut off the bench. Nat Phillips could leave before Friday’s transfer deadline.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold will likely continue to play at right-back, with Gomez needed elsewhere and Conor Bradley injured.

Andy Robertson was impressive on Sunday and remains ahead of Kostas Tsimikas at left-back, while Alisson Becker, with Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian as assistants, once again proved why he is the undisputed first-choice keeper.

Liverpool are hoping for additional midfield options as Thiago Alcantara and Curtis Jones are set to return to full training this week, the former after a four-month break and the latter after a few weeks.

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Stefan Bajcetic has gained extra training time but is still awaiting his first few minutes after returning to the bench following his long injury absence last weekend against Bournemouth.

However, it looks like the same midfielder who started against Newcastle will most likely keep his place, with defensive midfielder Wataru Endo making his first appearance in the starting XI and Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai playing instrumental roles in the victory.

Harvey Elliott has once again shown his skills with another impressive guest appearance and can’t be far from the start, while Cody Gakpo is once again an option in attack.

The Nunez question. Perhaps the biggest selection question for Klopp is whether Nunez should be rewarded for his two goals given his second stint in attacking midfield since February, with Gakpo and more recently Diogo Jota favored in the position.

Luis Diaz, who scored in the first two games of the season, was sacrificed when Van Dijk was sacked and will come under pressure from Gakpo and Jota for his role, the latter at St James’ Park on the shore having made a huge impression.

Mohamed Salah has spent much of the last two games playing up front in a 4-4-1 formation with 10-man Liverpool, but is the first choice on the right flank. Teenager Ben Doak was on the bench again this weekend.