The Liverpool FC starting lineup is set for their (2/10/24) matchup against Burnley. Star winger Mohamed Salah will miss the game even though AFCON has ended for Egypt, as he is injured. Find analysis of Liverpool’s roster below along with updated starting 11 information.
Liverpool Starting Lineup Vs. Burnley
- GK- Alisson Becker (Brazil)
- LB- Andy Robertson (Scotland)
- CB- Jarell Quansah (England)
- CB- Virgil Van Dijk (Netherlands)
- RB- Trent Alexander-Arnold (England)
- MF- Wataru Endō (Japan)
- MF- Alexis Mac Allister (Argentina)
- MF- Curtis Jones (England))
- LW- Darwin Núñez (Uruguay)
- ST- Diogo Jota (Portugal)
- RW- Luis Díaz (Colombia)
The 2022-23 season was one to forget for Liverpool. After starting things off with a win over rivals Manchester City in the Community Shield, injuries really derailed what was expected to be a promising campaign. The Reds did not win any more domestic trophies, and were once again knocked out of the UEFA Champions League by Real Madrid. They even failed to qualify for the 2023-24 edition of the Champions League, leaving them in the Europa League this season.
So far, things have been much better for manager Jürgen Klopp and his squad. The Reds are atop the Premier League table with 23 games played, but after a loss to fellow contenders Arsenal, they’re just two points ahead of Manchester City, who have played just 22 games. They’re still alive in the Carabao Cup, in which they’ve reached the final once more, as well as the FA Cup and the Europa League — a competition for which they are viewed as the favorites to win.
The Reds have only lost two Premier League matches this season, in addition to draws against Manchester City, Manchester United, and Arsenal — all of which will feel like missed opportunities to further pull away from the pack. With the recent news that Klopp is ending his legendary Liverpool tenure after this season, the Reds will undoubtedly be extra motivated to finish strong and earn some silverware to make sure their gaffer goes out on a high note.
As the season has progressed, they have hit some solid form, but they are currently without their best player in legendary winger Mohamed Salah, who is both occupied with international duty with the Egyptian national team and injured. There was some hope that he could face Burnley, but it’s looking more like his return will have to wait. There are still some massive fixtures to navigate in the coming weeks, ones that would have been challenging even with Salah on the pitch, so if he’s unavailable, the job will be even tougher.
Star defender Ibrahima Konaté will also be out as he was sent off last match, and breakout youngster Conor Bradley is still away on personal leave after the tragic passing of his father.
The good news for the Reds is that they are getting healthier, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson back on the pitch. This huge for their defense, and allows the team to have more depth on the back end. Another key returner is Wataru Endō, who is back from Japan’s Asian Cup run, and will provide much-needed support in the midfield, especially as Thiago’s return was cut extremely short by yet another injury.
Balancing rest and taking each fixture seriously will be of the utmost importance for Klopp going forward, so for now, let’s take a look at how Liverpool might line up in the Premier League for a visit from relegation-threatened Burnley this Saturday (2/10/24).
Klopp has some fascinating decisions to make in this one, as even without Salah, Liverpool seem to finally have plenty of depth in the second half of the season. During the absence of Trent Alexander-Arnold while he was injured, youngster Conor Bradley was absolutely fantastic at right back. He’s currently coming off of consecutive Man of the Match performances, including an absolute masterpiece in the team’s demolition of Chelsea.
Alexander-Arnold had some brilliant performances as a midfielder last season, and could eventually slide up the pitch to make room for Bradley. However, Liverpool’s midfield has looked great of late, so it’s hard to know who exactly might exit the lineup to make room for the dynamic playmaker. For the moment, Bradley isn’t back yet, so that’s a decision Klopp will have to make later, but this game’s lineup should be fairly straightforward.
The front line also includes a bit of a decision for Klopp, but after the group of three he selected for Arsenal completely fell flat without Darwin Núñez, it’s not hard to imagine who will make the XI. This group would usually include Salah, but with him out, Luis Días will take his spot on the right, Diogo Jota up top, and on the left, expect Núñez to get the start after being benched against Arsenal. Núñez still creates more opportunities than anyone else, and his ability to stretch the pitch will be needed against a top opponent like Arsenal.
Liverpool Position Groups
The Liverpool roster, as with any soccer roster, features 4 separate position groups — Goalkeepers, Defenders, Midfielders, and Forwards. Below is a brief breakdown of each that aims to provide insight into how they stack up against other competition in the Premier League, Europa League, and domestic cups.
Alisson has been one of the team’s best performers since coming over from Roma in 2018, and this year has been no exception; he deserves heaps of credit for whatever they do accomplish this season. But Caoimhin Kelleher is a very capable backup, and has had his moments of glory too, such as last season’s League Cup final, in which he kept a clean sheet and subsequently scored a winning penalty.
Of course, Virgil van Dijk is the hero on the back line, especially with star fullbacks Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold hurt, but Ibrahima Konaté is a rising star as well. Youngster Jarell Quansah has also put in some good shifts of late, as has Conor Bradley, with both unproven players stepping up tremendously as the team deals with injuries once more.
The heart of Klopp’s “Liverpool 2.0” reconstruction has been the midfield, with newcomers Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo, and Alexis Mac Allister all making immediate impact. Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott have also continued to improve, while Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić are once again dealing with injuries. And don’t be shocked if Trent Alexander-Arnold travels up the pitch to join this group in the short or long term.
Salah is of course the biggest star among Liverpool’s forwards, but there’s plenty of depth in this group. Darwin Núñez blends high talent with maddening inconsistency, while Diogo Jota, when healthy, is less explosive but more reliable with the ball at his feet. Luis Díaz is somewhere in between the two in both regards, while Cody Gakpo has settled in as a great bench option, more often than not.
Liverpool Full Roster
|Virgil van Dijk
|Alexis Mac Allister
Liverpool Starting 11 FAQ
- Who Is Liverpool’s Starting Goalkeeper?
- Who Is Liverpool’s Starting Striker?
- Who Is Liverpool’s Best Player?
Who Is Liverpool’s Starting Goalkeeper?
Alisson Becker is the top option in most cases, but for certain domestic competitions, Caoimhin Kelleher gets the nod.
Who Is Liverpool’s Starting Striker?
Due to the versatile nature of the team’s forwards, as well as the constant string of injuries, this can be a bit of a day-to-day question. With everyone healthy, Darwin Núñez is often up top for Liverpool, but sometimes, especially recently, he can shift to the left and give way to Diogo Jota.
Who Is Liverpool’s Best Player?
Mohamed Salah is certainly the best player on the team when healthy, but with him out, it’s likely Alisson, one of the World’s best goalkeepers. In terms of outfield players, it’s likely Virgil van Dijk or Ibrahima Konaté, due to the two central defenders’ consistency and physicality.
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