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Jota back in up front? How Liverpool could line-up against Atalanta

The Portuguese star could start again after three goals in a week including the winner against West Ham on Saturday

 
9:30am on Tuesday 3rd November 2020
By
Nicholas Hughes

Diogo Jota could be brought back into the Liverpool starting XI after a dream week at Anfield for the 23-year-old ahead of this week's Champions League clash v Atalanta.

A winner against Sheffield United was followed by the opener against Midtjylland in midweek before a late strike helped Liverpool defeat West Ham at the weekend.

Jota’s appearances had seen Jurgen Klopp switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation last week, and with his and Xherdan Shaqiri’s recent performances that could continue.

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Shaqiri set up Jota’s winner against the Hammers and was instrumental in last week’s clash with the Danish champions as he seeks to reassert himself in Klopp’s plans.

His form could spell trouble for Takumi Minamino who may struggle to find a way back into the side, with Roberto Firmino given a chance to drop out of the front three from Saturday night's clash.

Nat Phillips was impressive against West Ham but is ineligible for the Champions League, so Rhys Williams could be in line for a full Champions League debut at centre-back with Joel Matip facing a late fitness test.

A cloud still hangs over the availability of Thiago and Naby Keita in midfield, meaning a third successive European start beckons for James Milner.

Liverpool go to the Etihad to face Manchester City on Sunday night, but there will be no complacency from Klopp and his players against Gian Piero Gasperini's impressive Nerazurri

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