Jamie Carragher believes that five changes, including a debut for Ozan Kabak, could help Liverpool return to stronger form against Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp‘s men head into Sunday’s crucial Premier League clash off the back of another lowly defeat.
Indeed, after bouncing back against Tottenham and West Ham, the Reds shrunk back to the team that went five games without a win and four without a goal against Brighton.
Therefore, they go up against league leaders City under pressure to prove their top-four credentials.
Carragher believes that finishing fourth would be a fantastic achievement for Liverpool given their drop-off.
“Liverpool have to be looking at the top four positions, and to say the obvious, take each game as it comes because the form is so down.
“There are so many changes to the team that you are never quite sure what it’s going to be. Alisson was out at the last minute against Brighton and Liverpool are still waiting for players to come back.
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“So I think from now, if you were to offer Liverpool a top-four finish they would take that and shake on it.”
According to Carragher, though a number of changes could help Liverpool. Ill and injured trio Alisson Becker, Sadio Mane and Fabinho returning to the team will be chief among them.
But the pundit also tipped Klopp to hand January centre-back arrival Kabak his debut at Anfield.
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“It’s not the Liverpool team we’ve seen in the last couple of years, but it will be different to what we saw against Brighton,” Carragher added.
“I expect Alisson to be back, Fabinho could be back at centre-back, maybe the new centre-back Ozan Kabak plays with Jordan Henderson playing in midfield, and I think Sadio Mane will be back.
“If that is the case, it would feel like Liverpool had half of their team back, so that would be a lot stronger proposition and I think Liverpool will give City a really good game, I really do.
“Let’s not forget, this is a different City with no Sergio Aguero or Kevin De Bruyne, and this season has been all about keeping clean sheets.
“Liverpool have been struggling to score goals against certain types of teams, but I wouldn’t class City as one of them. City aren’t a defensive team, they are very good defensively, that’s a big difference.”
Liverpool have a strong record at Anfield against City, winning two of the past three league meetings with 4-3 and 3-1 scorelines.
What’s more, they beat Pep Guardiola’s men 3-0 on home turf in the Champions League in 2018.