FA Cup: Liverpool FC vs Norwich predicted starting XI; preview, Team news, prediction, injury updates, suspension, and kickoff
The reds hope to continue in their impressive form after coming out victorious over the blues in the League Cup final at Wembley.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to make do without Thiago Alcantara for Wednesday’s FA Cup fifth-round battle with Norwich City.
The Spanish international picked up a knock during the warm-ups for the EFL Cup final and was forced to pull out of the starting lineup, with the emotion of the occasion getting the better of him on the bench.
Diogo Jota was fit enough to return from his ankle injury as a substitute at Wembley, but Roberto Firmino continues his spell out of action with a muscular problem.
The young Liverpool goalie Caoimhin Kelleher was lauded as the “best number two in the world” by Klopp after starring in the EFL Cup win and will likely keep his place in goal over Alisson Becker, while Conor Bradley and Kostas Tsimikas may enjoy starts out wide.
Ibrahima Konate is certain to come into the backline as well in place of Matip, but amid Joe Gomez’s struggles for opportunities, Virgil van Dijk may be fit enough to keep his place against Premier League opposition.
It would not be surprising to see Klopp make a full complement of changes in midfield, with Curtis Jones, James Milner, and Harvey Elliott – the latter of whom was a late inclusion on Sunday amid Thiago’s injury – potentially all starting.
Jota’s return to fitness could also see him feature out wide for the Reds, as Divock Origi enjoys a rare start-up top and Takumi Minamino seeks to build on his brace against Norwich earlier in the season.
Liverpool predicted starting XI:Kelleher; Bradley, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Elliott, Milner, Jones; Jota, Origi, Minamino
2nd March 2022. 21:15 (WAT)