Predicted starting XI to face RB Leipzig: Thiago to continue exciting relationship with thrilling Liverpool machine

Liverpool are set to take on RB Leipzig in their third pre-season game of the season and it will hopefully provide a chance for Thiago to develop his relationship with Darwin Nunez.

It’s almost impossible to predict who Jurgen Klopp will start as he aims to get all his players back to match fitness after the summer break.

In the 4-0 defeat to Manchester United, the German deployed three teams with each XI getting 30 minutes under their belts.

Against Crystal Palace, he deployed two sides for 45 minutes with a few changes here and there.

He’s likely to do so again. I hope Nunez and Thiago start the game as I’m really excited about the relationship they could form.

We’ve already seen Thiago actively look to find the former Benfica star with long balls over the top.

Nunez is a willing runner in the channels and his energy and speed will be sure to provide Liverpool with a different approach to counter-attacking this season.

While Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are both blessed with unreal pace, they’ve always been players that prefer to receive the ball to their feet as opposed to chasing it down in the channels.

Luis Diaz, however, has already proven to be a player that likes to make darting runs in behind and this could provide Thiago and Naby Keita with the types of run they have historically fed off.

This pass from Thiago to Ribery still blows me away. He plays in a deep role for the Reds but these types of passes come naturally to the Spanish maestro.

Thiago's Funny Celebration with Neuer - Stunning Pass Sets Up Winning Goal

If Thiago can release Diaz or Nunez with these passes when the season starts, it will give Liverpool the chance to bypass teams entirely en route to goal.

The season is just over three weeks from starting and I’m really excited to see how this team shapes up.

Predicted XI to face RB Leipzig: Adrian, Trent, Konate, Matip, Tsimikas, Fabinho, Elliott, Thiago, Thiago, Salah, Nunez, Diaz.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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