Two ways Liverpool could line up against Crystal Palace without injured Salah and Robertson


NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 04: Divock Origi of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool FC at St. James Park on May 04, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Reds are going into this Saturday’s fixture with Crystal Palace with an 8-point lead over second-place Leicester City.

Liverpool look set to be without the likes of Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson for their Saturday’s clash with Crystal Palace, multiple reports have speculated.

The Egypt forward suffered an ankle injury during his side’s 3-1 victory over reigning Premier League champions Manchester City before the arrival of November’s international break.

Pictures have emerged of Salah working on his fitness during the last fortnight though it remains to be seen whether Klopp risks him on Saturday ahead of a busy fixture period for the Reds.

Andy Robertson is another star name who might not be on Liverpool’s team-sheet for the weekend. The Scottish full-back withdrew from his national side’s games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan due to a swollen ankle which he sustained in the City victory.

Formation # 1: Origi and Milner for Salah and Robertson

Jurgen Klopp could decide to use 4-3-3 if he intends to nominate direct replacements for the injured duo without tinkering too much with the formation.

That would most likely mean a fourth league start of the season for Champions League hero Divock Origi, with veteran James Milner once again playing as a left-back in the Liverpool line up.

The potential inclusion of Origi won’t surprise many Liverpool fans given Klopp’s propensity of including the Belgian whenever any one of the Reds’ front three is unavailable for selection.

Milner might not have been the first-choice replacement of Robertson had Joe Gomez not suffered an innocuous-looking injury with national team England during the international break.

Reports coming out of the English camp suggested that the knock suffered by the center-back was a minor one, though Klopp might not want to risk Gomez ahead of a busy fixture period.

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Formation # 2: Chamberlain and Gomez replacing Salah and Robertson

If the average early season form of Origi prevents Klopp from picking the Belgian for Saturday’s game, that could see the in-form Alex Oxlade Chamberlain getting the nod from the German.

Although he is yet to find the back of the net in the Premier League, elsewhere, the 26-year-old has shown plenty of signs of encouragement since his return from injury at the start of this season.

Chamberlain has scored 3 goals for Liverpool in his 2 appearances in the Champions League, with the England international also scoring against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup earlier this month.

His inclusion in the starting XI would see the 26-year-old starting on the right side of Liverpool attack, with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino playing alongside him.

Finally, with news claiming that Gomez’ injury isn’t that serious, Klopp might decide to choose the young center-back over Milner to replace injured Robertson in the Liverpool starting line up.

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