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Klopp excludes Quansah and unleashes an “unplayable” star in four alterations: potential Liverpool XI against Forest…



Klopp excludes Quansah & unleashes an “unstoppable” talent in 4 alterations: Anticipated Liverpool XI against Forest.


Liverpool’s grip on the top spot in the Premier League could slip away if they fail to secure a win at the City Ground.


Although it may appear that Liverpool are currently enjoying a period of great success, with Jurgen Klopp’s team achieving impressive victories, including triumph in the Carabao Cup final, there is no denying that the squad is hanging by a thread due to a series of injury setbacks.


However, despite these challenges, the Reds are confident in their ability to maintain their recent winning streak.


They will have the opportunity to prove themselves against Nottingham Forest in today’s Premier League match. In a positive update during his pre-match press conference, Klopp announced that Dominik Szoboszlai and Darwin Nunez have returned to first-team training and are potential contenders for the City Ground clash.


Unfortunately, their star player Mohamed Salah will still be sidelined. On a brighter note, Wataru Endo and Andy Robertson, who missed the FA Cup victory over Southampton, trained on Friday and may also be included in the squad.


Nevertheless, Liverpool’s injury woes persist, with a lengthy list of absentees including Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, and Joel Matip.


Considering all of this, Klopp might opt to implement four alterations to the lineup that secured a victory against Southampton on Wednesday in order to uphold his team’s top spot in the Premier League standings.


Goalkeeper – Caoimhin Kelleher


Caoimhin Kelleher has impressed both fans and experts with his outstanding displays following Alisson’s injury, prompting Klopp to label him as “the best no.2 in the world” based on his recent performances.


While he may not be flawless in goal, he is expected to rise to the occasion against a determined Forest team.


RB – Conor Bradley


Conor Bradley has quickly established himself as a key player in the right-back position, stepping up admirably in the absence of Alexander-Arnold due to injury last year. His recent accolade as the PFA Fans’ Player of the Month for January speaks volumes about his impressive performances, showcasing his versatility and talent with one goal and five assists.


CB – Ibrahima Konate


Ibrahima Konate has been receiving high praise for his exceptional displays on the field, being described as an “absolute beast” by analysts. While his defensive partner often steals the spotlight, Konate’s combination of strength, athleticism, and defensive skills make him a vital asset to the team. Despite Quansah’s solid performance in the last game, Konate is expected to reclaim his starting position.


CB – Virgil van Dijk


Virgil van Dijk, who was substituted for Konate during half-time in the match against Southampton earlier this week, has been heavily involved in recent football matches. However, this decision was made as a precautionary measure in preparation for a challenging game in Nottingham.


Throughout this season, the captain of Anfield has been in exceptional form. With his immense strength and skill, he will surely feel confident in facing the Forest frontline.


LB – Joe Gomez


Although Robertson returned to training yesterday, Joe Gomez is fully fit and has performed admirably when asked to play in an unfamiliar left-back position this season.


This dynamic defender has experienced a remarkable resurgence after facing criticism for his performances prior to the summer break. Let’s hope this positive trend continues.


DM – Alexis Mac Allister


Alexis Mac Allister will take over the midfield anchor role due to Endo’s injury against Chelsea. His exceptional technical skills and intelligence could be the key against Forest. According to Sofascore, the Argentinian player has scored two goals and provided three assists in the Premier League for Liverpool in 21 matches. He has an 88% pass completion rate, averages 2.8 tackles and 5.7 ball recoveries per game, and has a 63% success rate in dribbling.


CM – Harvey Elliott


Harvey Elliott will continue his impressive form in the midfield, especially with Szoboszlai returning but not having played since January. Klopp may opt to keep Elliott in the lineup. The young player ranks in the top 7% of midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues for shot-creating actions, the top 6% for progressive passes, and the top 3% for progressive carries per 90, as per FBref.


CM – Bobby Clark


Bobby Clark, one of the most promising talents at Liverpool, is making a name for himself in the first team. His elegant and confident style, combined with his energy, make him a player to watch. He will surely be aiming to deliver another impressive performance against the Tricky Trees.


RW – Cody Gakpo


Although Cody Gakpo is not accustomed to playing on the right wing, Klopp has limited options with Salah still unavailable. Unless Elliott moves forward or Szoboszlai is risked from the start, Gakpo will have to step up. However, with 11 goals and five assists this season, and having scored in his last two Premier League appearances, he may continue his impressive form against a vulnerable defense.


LW – Luis Diaz


After being rested against Southampton following an intense 120 minutes against Chelsea, Luis Diaz’s quick and skillful style will be a valuable asset. He has shown great improvement in front of goal in recent matches. Although he can still be wasteful at times, Forest fans should be concerned about his blistering pace and dynamic quality.


CF – Darwin Nunez

Darwin Nunez, the enigmatic forward, seems to have returned to action. With 13 goals and 11 assists in all competitions this season, his impact on Klopp’s side cannot be denied. Klopp himself has dubbed him the “unstoppable” Uruguayan, and his presence in Liverpool’s attack is sure to bring a lot of excitement. It wouldn’t be surprising if he comes up with a crucial moment to send the traveling Reds into a frenzy. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that he’s included in the team lineup.


Predicted Liverpool line-up against Forest:

Goalkeeper: Caoimhin Kelleher

Right-back: Conor Bradley

Center-backs: Ibrahima Konate, Virgil van Dijk

Left-back: Joe Gomez

Defensive Midfielder: Alexis Mac Allister

Central Midfielders: Harvey Elliott, Bobby Clark

Right-wing: Cody Gakpo

Left-wing: Luis Diaz

Center-forward: Darwin Nunez.