Liverpool news Jurgen Klopp could give Liverpool fans what they want with bold change MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Liverpool welcome Aston Villa to Anfield on Saturday for their first home game in over a month
Breaking News ! Liverpool's growing momentum came to a shuddering halt inside the modest setting of Real Madrid's Di Stefano training stadium. After three successive victories - and clean sheets to go with it - for Jurgen Klopp's side, los Blancos proved that their demise has been greatly exaggerated. The 13-time winners of the European Cup may not be able to boast the plethora of instantly recognisable global superstars of teams gone by, but anyone underestimating them was left to look foolish. Zinedine Zidane's side made Klopp's look ordinary for the most part and while Mohamed Salah's away goal offers a slither of hope for the return game at an empty Anfield next week, Liverpool are once more staring down the barrel in the Champions League. For now, though, attention returns to merely being in the competition next season. Aston Villa are the next side to try and pilfer three points on Merseyside as they face up to a disastrous home record they have been spared from confronting head on for the last month. A combination of FA Cup action, the international break and two games away from home following the return means the Reds have not entertained since back on March 7. Read More Related Articles Liverpool still waiting for Naby Keita penny to drop but Jurgen Klopp call spoke volumes One decision and three words could.. Read More Related Articles Spanish media point finger at Liverpool after 'unexpected' Real Madrid performance Back then, it was relegation-threatened Fulham who became the latest team to profit from Anfield's own version of Groundhog Day. The 1-0 win for Scott Parker's men condemned Liverpool to their sixth straight defeat at home, as the worst run of all-time at Anfield was extended to a half-dozen. To say goals have been hard to come by would be a gross understatement; the Reds have found it difficult to even create half chances at home for much of the calendar year. The same pattern of dominating possession against a comfortable defence with something to hold on to has regularly been played out in front of zero fans these past four months. If they are to win the apparent five-horse race for the final Champions League spot, something must change. So, might Jurgen Klopp spring something of an attacking surprise this Saturday afternoon? Asked about the prospect of naming Diogo Jota alongside Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane against Real Madrid in his Monday press conference, Klopp was coy. "You have to wait and see, but it looked good hey? It looked really good [against Arsenal]," said Klopp. "It looked good in the first half at least against Man City as well.
. "Is it tomorrow? We will see."
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Of course, Klopp would revert back to the three midfielders rather than the 4-2-3-1 that eviscerated Arsenal in the final half hour at the Emirates on Saturday. But with Liverpool so shot-shy against low blocks and packed defences at home, will Saturday bring about that change against Villa? It's close to 12 hours since they last scored from open play at Anfield, after all. How should Liverpool lineup vs Aston Villa? Let us know in the comments below That was back when the Christmas trees were still nestled in the corner of homes across the country on December 27. By the time Liverpool entertain Villa on April 10, the Grand National's runners and riders will be getting set for Becher's Brook. The addition of Jota alongside Liverpool's traditional front three will surely give them as good a chance as any to break the monotony. But to do that, it will mean Klopp will leave out a midfielder in his team, which is a fate that might befall Naby Keita. The Guinea international simply had to be included for Tuesday night's game after knocking on the door so forcefully with his performances in training, according to Klopp.
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He was hauled off before the half-time whistle in Madrid, however, with Klopp later admitting it was a gamble that didn't work. Aside from perhaps those tweaks, though, expect Liverpool to retain many of the team who have fought themselves to within touching distance of the top four again in recent weeks. That means Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips are likely to keep their places in the centre of defence with Fabinho named as the midfield screen in front of them. The only issue, should Klopp opt for the more attacking change, is who plays alongside the Brazilian? The front runners who are vying for that spot are Thiago Alcantara, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner. With over 40 appearances to his name this season, however, it is Wijnaldum who has the weight of evidence in his favour right now.
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