Mignolet – Jürgen Klopp confirmed that Simon will be the FA Cup keeper now. The whole goalkeeping situation is something I haven’t seen ever. No omd is really clear what is going on with Danny Ward. The Welshman has played 1 game this season and hardly features on the bench however he’s not being granted a loan move. It’s looking likely that Mignolet will be out the door in the summer as a new no.1 is set to be bought. That leaves Loris Karius as a no.2 for the rest of his contract at Liverpool. I don’t think I’d accept that if I was Loris considering his age; he should be looking for first team football.
Alexander-Arnold – Trent looks to be finally getting a game after his last start against Burnley on New Years Day in a game he really impressed me. Joe Gomez has had a little dip in form the past month and is constantly being caught out at the far post. Despite this, Gomez has had a superb season and has been a very solid option for us. Nathaniel Clyne seems to be on the way back in the next few weeks so that should see the right back battle become more interesting. Trent is ideal for this game with his crossing ability and his constant attacking threat.
Matip – I truly believe that there is no reason to change this partnership. In an ideal world Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk start to build a partnership but with both of their injury issues I doubt it’s going to happen. I don’t think there’s much debate about these two being Liverpool’s best centre backs however I could see your argument if you think Ragnar Klavan should be included. Klavan is out of this one with a muscle injury anyway so I’d go for Matip and I think Klopp will do the same.
Van Dijk – For Virgil, it’s all about getting consistent game time now and getting himself into a rhythm. On his day, there’s not many centre half’s in football that are better than him and he’s certainly the best centre back in the Premier League on his day. I think if Liverpool really want to challenge on all fronts then we need to buy a partner for Van Dijk. Joel Matip is a good player but does he get in any of the other defences in the top 6, not for me.
Moreno – I think this is an excellent opportunity for Alberto to remind everyone of his quality. It’s clear that the majority of the fan base prefer Andy Robertson which is justified however they shouldn’t discount the excellent season Moreno was having. From last season’s awful left back situation, we now have two young left backs with a lot of quality. Personally, Robertson should be given the league games. Moreno’s football suits European teams much more.
Can – If Liverpool didn’t have to play again on Tuesday then Jordan Henderson would be starting here, however they do play at Huddersfield. In my opinion, Jordan Henderson is our best ‘6’ and consistently gives you 7/10. Can can give you a 9/10 or a 4/10. Despite this, I think we should be trying everything to keep Can at the club as he has loads of time to improve. I can see Emre starting this one and Jordan starting on Tuesday.
Oxlade-Chamberlain – Originally, I’m sure the plan would’ve been to play Adam Lallana in this game however he’s picked up *another* injury. In that case, James Milner would’ve been called upon but he’s also got a little knock that keeps him out. Therefore, it has to be the Ox who plays and that isn’t a bad thing. Chamberlain is now cementing his place in this Liverpool side and he has came on leaps and bounds since he first joined us. I would now say Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in Liverpool’s best XI.
Wijnaldum – The Ghost should awaken on Saturday night as the game is being played at Anfield. How a player can go from so powerful, aggressive and direct to so conservative, lack lustre and anonymous is beyond me. When he’s at it he’s one of our best players. He excels in the big games where he is given space. These are the sort of games he struggles in as he isn’t the best creatively which is surprising considering he played in the 10 for most of his career. I do think he’s in our best XI like Chamberlain but he just needs to turn up more often.
Salah – The best player in the world will start again I think. Mo Salah has set the Premier League alight and this will be his first opportunity to make his mark on the FA Cup. Liverpool simply don’t have any other option than to play Mo every game, he’s that good. There’s a case for us changing up our system and resting our key wingers but I don’t see the point if we want to be serious about winning a trophy. Can he finally get a hat trick?
Firmino – This was probably the hardest choice to make. There’s been rumours all week about Ings and Sturridge however I’ve gone with the trusted Firmino. No doubt about it he’s our best striker by a long way. Danny Ings has been given a lot of praise over the week however I don’t think he’s good enough to play for Liverpool unfortunately for him. On the other hand, Sturridge is certainly good enough and has shown it time and time again. We have to keep Sturridge at the club this season as the other 2 strikers deputising Firmino have 0 goals this season.
Mane – The Senegalese has played himself into good form recently. He had a stop start December and was in for some games and out for others due to rotation. Now he’s back in the side and he’s playing superbly. One thing I didn’t realise was how good he is on his left foot. He’s a top player on his day and we have to hope he continues his brilliant form.