Diogo Jota hands Liverpool dilemma as Jurgen Klopp given squad problem

Liverpool have barely any time to celebrate their League Cup win as they return to action against Norwich City on Wednesday night.

The Reds won on penalties against Chelsea on Sunday to lift their first trophy of the season as they go in search of an unprecedented quadruple.

And that quest continues against the Canaries in the FA Cup fifth round at Anfield.

Jurgen Klopp’s starting XI against Chelsea was as expected, until Thiago Alcantara withdrew injured in the warm-up with Naby Keita coming in to replace him.

But after a grueling 120 minutes in a tense encounter in the capital, the German is expected to ring the changes on Wednesday, as we take a look at who could start.

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Keep Kelleher and Go-Go Gomez

Caoimhin Kelleher was Liverpool’s hero at Wembley, producing a number of fine saves to maintain his clean sheet before stepping up to score what would prove to be the winning penalty in the shootout.

The Irishman is the Reds’ first-choice in domestic cup competitions this season, and that should continue against Norwich following his impressive cup final display.

But while he keeps his place, there could be a number of changes in the back-four in front of him.

Joe Gomez was left out of the squad altogether at Wembley but should return, and could start in his favored centre-back position alongside Ibrahima Konate, with Virgil van Dijk handed a well-earned rest.

Meanwhile, Kostas Tsimikas is likely to replace Andy Robertson at left-back but, having been spared duty against Norwich altogether the last time the two sides met just a couple of weeks ago, Trent Alexander-Arnold might be fresh enough to keep his place.

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Curtis recalled

Curtis Jones was another player left out of the squad entirely at Wembley, having started against Leeds United last midweek, so should earn a recall for this one as Klopp rotates his hand.

Harvey Elliott replaced the injured Thiago in the squad against Chelsea by taking Keita’s place on the bench, and having come on to become the youngest player to feature for the Reds in a major cup final, will be hoping he did enough against the Londoners to convince his manager to hand him a start.

Meanwhile, James Milner could captain the side if Klopp opts to hand Jordan Henderson the night off, with Fabinho also likely to be spared duty.

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Ox in the box as all change in attack

With Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz being Liverpool’s front three for their last three matches in the absence of the injured Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, it would be no surprise if it was all-change in attack on Wednesday against Norwich.

The Portuguese made his return from injury as a substitute at Wembley but admittedly looked unfit, leaving Klopp with a dilemma as to whether the forward is in need of minutes or more recovery time on the training pitch.

If he opts for the latter, expect Divock Origi to start upfront with Takumi Minamino and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain either side of him, after the duo were left as unused substitutes at Wembley.

However, if Jota is ready to start, Klopp risks demoralizing one of the players who failed to see any action in the League Cup final.

Predicted Liverpool line-up (4-3-3): cellarer Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas; Elliott, Milner, Jones; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Origi, Minamino.


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