Jurgen Klopp’s shock Burnley team selection and why Liverpool could look a lot different this time

Jurgen Klopp’s team selection for Liverpool’s last trip to Burnley raised an eyebrow or two.

It was back in December of last year when the Reds made the trip to Turf Moor and Klopp started the match without Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane for the first time since May 2017.

Liverpool were in the midst of a run of three games in just nine games and Klopp’s brave changes did the trick, delivering a 3-1 victory – albeit one that came late in the day after Burnley took the lead.

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Klopp is unlikely to make such changes this time around, with Liverpool having a week between the win over Arsenal and the trip over to Lancashire.

It’s almost a given that Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will start this time around. Barring injury, there’s no reason the trio will need a rest with the international break to come immediately following this weekend’s fixtures.

In defence, it appears as though Jurgen Klopp has decided on Joel Matip as his first choice centre-back alongside Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, and of course Adrian will be between the sticks.

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Fabinho also seems a certain starter, but the rest of the midfield could be open to change.

Potential changes

Trent Alexander-Arnold played well against Arsenal and is likely to start at Turf Moor, but if Klopp decides to go with a more defensive option, he could bring in Joe Gomez.

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