Liverpool return to Premier League action as they face Sheffield United away from home tomorrow (12.30pm) and Jurgen Klopp will welcome back two players from injury problems in Yorkshire.Liverpool will hope to maintain their perfect start to the new Premier League season at Bramall Lane against newly-promoted Sheffield United tomorrow afternoon, but are likely to face a battle against Chris Wilder’s outfit.
The Reds have six wins from six so far this term and have streaked five points clear of title rivals Manchester City, who pipped them to the championship last season by a single point courtesy of amassing 98.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, who went on to win the Champions League despite their domestic disappointment, have started the season superbly.
And despite making 11 changes in their mid-week Carabao Cup third-round clash at MK Dons, the Merseyside outfit’s youthful eleven were superior to the League One club to run out 2-0 winners.
Despite their performances, James Milner is the only player who could argue he deserves to make the line-up in Sheffield after scoring one goal and providing another as the driving force at Stadium MK.But it is likely Klopp will once again make wholesale changes – welcoming back two players from injury.
Divock Origi was back in full training on Thursday after sustaining an ankle knock that forced him off in the first half of the win over Newcastle earlier this month.
He won’t come back into the starting line-up after Liverpool’s marquee talents were all rested in the week.
Liverpool team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line-up vs Sheff Utd – Two injury returns for Klopp.
Liverpool team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line-up vs Sheff Utd – Two injury returns for Klopp.It is likely the Belgian will instead earn a spot on the bench as the club’s second-choice No 9.
Sadio Mane should also return to the squad having picked up a problem of his own as Liverpool defeated Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
The Senegal international, who has six goals in eight games this season, also trained alongside his team-mates at the club’s West Derby training base and is expected to make his way back to the starting line-up.
Adrian will return in goal after Caiomhin Kelleher’s impressive display at MK Dons, with first-choice shot-stopper Alisson Becker still out injured.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – who scored a stunning free-kick at Chelsea – will come back in at right-back with Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip being restored in the centre of defence.
On the left, Andy Robertson will replace Milner In midfield, Naby Keita, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all backed to drop out in favour of the first-choice midfield trio of captain Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum.Alongside the fit-again Mane, joint-top goalscorer Mohamed Salah and the in-form Roberto Firmino will help make up Liverpool’s go-to front three.
Liverpool have not won away at Sheffield United since August 1990, going five games without a win since then including their most recent meeting in the Premier League in August 2006.
Blades boss Wilder has warned ahead of the match: “We’re in this game on a level playing field, in terms of a Premier League fixture.
Of course there’s enormous gaps between the both clubs at the moment and we’re trying to make that gap a little bit closer.”So I think if you ask all our players before the game, they want to get stuck into the opposition and they want to put individual performances on.
“I don’t want Liverpool just to come into our backyard on Saturday afternoon and go well thanks very much that’s as easier three points as we’ve picked up all season.
Liverpool predicted line-up vs Sheffield United – Premier League4-3-3: Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Mane, Firmin