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[Image] Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Atalanta – Can the Reds make it 5 wins in a row?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Rhys Williams of Liverpool interacts with Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool after the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Liverpool FC and FC Midtjylland at Anfield on October 27, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Jon Super -

Predicted Liverpool XI to face Atalanta in the Champions League

Liverpool return to Champions League action as they face Atalanta in the third group stage game. The Reds have put some early season jitters behind them and are on a 4-game winning streak, which includes wins over Ajax and Midtjylland in the Champions League.

The surprise package from last season, Atalanta have also been very impressive so far. They have won and drawn their last two Champions League games. They will be upbeat about taking the game to the English champions.

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Virgil Van Dijk’s ACL injury means that he could well be out for the season. Fabinho is also on the treatment table but isn’t very far from a return. Joel Matip might not be risked for this one. Thiago, Kostas Tsimikas and Naby Keita are doubts for the game. Also, Oxlade-Chamberlain still remains out.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Alisson Becker of Liverpool interacts with Nathaniel Phillips of Liverpool prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on October 31, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool/Getty Images)

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Alisson (GK)

It was a rather surprising sight to see Alisson back with the gloves, given he was expected to be out for a bit. Nonetheless, fans will be happy that he has taken over from Adrian.

Trent Alexander-Arnold (RB)

Slowly looking to turn things around with more assured displays. Still not quite at the levels we are used to seeing him operate in.

Joe Gomez (CB)

There will be a lot riding on the youngster as he remains the only senior centre-back in the side. Needs to step up in the absence of senior centre-backs.

Rhys Williams (CB)

With defensive options dry, Rhys Williams is the only choice for Klopp. The academy graduate is likely to start this one too, as Nathaniel Phillips is not registered for the competition.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool runs with the ball under pressure from Declan Rice of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on October 31, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Andrew Robertson (LB)

Perhaps not back to his best yet but looks to be getting there slowly.

Georginio Wijnaldum (CM)

Still a vital member of the team. Brings loads of energy on to the pitch whenever he is there.

James Milner (CM)

Milner might be given a start given how important this clash is. Replaces youngster Curtis Jones from the weekend.

Jordan Henderson (CDM)

The whole team will be looking at Henderson for inspiration. He will have to rally his troops if they are to grab a win.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates with teammate Jordan Henderson after scoring his team’s first goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on October 31, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jon Super – Pool/Getty Images)

Mohamed Salah (RW)

Mo Salah just keeps scoring, win, lose or draw. The Egyptian is on a good scoring streak and will hope to continue in the same vein.

Roberto Firmino (CF)

Firmino really needs to start getting in more among the goals and assists after being involved in just the last 10 minutes of the Champions League clash.

Sadio Mane (LW)

Mane’s impact cannot be understated. The Senegal man is one of the hardest working forwards and will be eager to get on the pitch again.

Written by Sourav Ghosh

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