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Jota to lead line against old club? - How Liverpool could line up against Wolves

The forward could play in the middle of the attack when the Reds take on his former side in the Premier League on Monday.

Diogo Jota should face his former club Diogo Jota should face his former club
 
12:45pm on Sunday 14th March 2021
By
Chris Myson

Liverpool forward Diogo Jota is in contention to start in the centre of his side’s attack against former club Wolves on Monday.

Roberto Firmino usually plays in the position and could make a comeback for this game, pending a late fitness test on a knee injury that has kept him out of the last two matches.

But even if Firmino is passed fit to play, Jota may still keep the spot as has performed well in the absence of the Brazil international, who could be eased back via a place on the bench.

Jota should be partnered by Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in attack.

Liverpool are desperate to get their Premier League campaign back on track. Remarkably, the champions have lost six of their last seven league games.

An impressive 4-0 aggregate win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League has come as a boost, but they have slumped down to eighth in the top-flight table.

Fabinho’s influence returning to midfield in the second leg against Leipzig on Wednesday has been praised.

There is a strong chance Klopp keeps an unchanged team, meaning Georginio Wijnaldum and Thiago Alcantara also start in midfield.

Ozan Kabak and Nat Phillips make up an inexperienced centre-back pairing, but one which kept Leipzig at bay and allowed Fabinho to play further up the pitch.

Established first-teamers Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson make up the other spots in our predicted XI.

Jota had an assist against Leipzig, which was only his second start since early December, having had a lengthy injury absence.

He joined Liverpool from Wolves ahead of the 2020/21 season and has five goals from 11 Premier League outings for the Reds, just six of which have been starts.

Crucial quartet Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Jordan Henderson are all still out for Liverpool.

Liverpool predicted XI against Wolves

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