Jurgen Klopp Facing Massive Dilemma - Here’s Why

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Jurgen Klopp has admitted that he has no idea who will start Liverpool’s opening Premier League game against West Ham on Sunday.

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Georginio Wijnaldum may have forced himself into Klopp’s plans when the Reds’ take on Pellegrini’s side after impressing last night versus Torino.

Wijnaldum managed to score his second goal in two successive games for the first time in his Liverpool career. The Dutchman nearly came close to a second last night only for an impressive save from Sirigu to keep him out.

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Meanwhile Jordan Henderson, who Klopp had initially ruled out to face West Ham, could be available after showing off his impressive fitness levels.

The England international had only returned just two days prior to last night’s cameo appearance yet Klopp felt he was able to get in some minutes.

“We’ll have to see how he reacts but it’s Hendo,” Klopp said.

“In the first session he looked like he had trained the whole three weeks (he was off). You’d have to ask his wife!”

“He was in a really good shape so we thought a few minutes tonight would be possible. He’s experienced enough to control the game, and he is a very important option.”

“I have no clue at the moment what we will do at the weekend. Hendo needs a pre-season but not as much as the others.”

In terms of defence, Jurgen Klopp is set to start a centre-back pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez when Liverpool face West Ham.

Gomez was absent against Torino with a minor injury but is expected to be fit to play West Ham, Jurgen Klopp has confirmed.

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“Joe I think is okay for the weekend,” he said.

“It was nothing serious, but it was not possible (for him to play vs Torino). He played on Saturday and now it’s Tuesday. It’s pretty tight.”

“Dejan is in, but with not a long holiday.”

Youngster Nat Phillips could be part of the travelling party with Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan set to miss out through injury.

“For Raggy and Joel, it’s probably they are not fit for the weekend but we don’t need 12 centre-halves but two at least and one to change would be extremely cool.”

Klopp will need to make a decision over whether to start Nathaniel Clyne or Trent Alexander-Arnold whilst Andrew Robertson is expected to start the season ahead of Alberto Moreno.

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Alisson Becker will get the nod in goal and that will come as no surprise to Liverpool fans.

Despite the scintillating and encouraging form of Daniel Sturridge and Xherdan Shaqiri, both are expected to be on the bench on Sunday as Mane, Salah and Firmino prepare to wreck havoc once more this season.

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