Liverpool will be desperate to inflict more misery on old foes Manchester United when the two sides meet at Anfield this weekend.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side are on a nine-game Premier League run that’s seen them go top of the table while United have lost three of their last four matches in all competitions.
United are ten points behind their rivals in sixth having shipped three unanswered goals at home to Bournemouth.
The Old Trafford outfit suffered further misery when they were dumped out of the Champions League in midweek after a 1-0 defeat to Bayern Munich.
Liverpool are in European action before Sunday’s game, taking on Union Saint-Gilloise.
That quartet will make up the spine of the Liverpool team facing United on Sunday, with Ibrahima Konate partnering Van Dijk in defence.
Kostas Tsimikas will continue to deputise for the injured Andy Robertson at left-back, but Klopp has a decision to make on the right.
The German withdrew Wataru Endo at half-time at Selhurst Park and he may choose to start Joe Gomez at right-back to push Alexander-Arnold into midfield.
However, Alexis Mac Allister‘s continued struggles with a knee injury will likely see the Japanese midfielder get the nod in the No.6 role.
Dominik Szoboszlai is a natural fit in one of the other three midfield slots having started every Premier League game this season.
Elliott started Liverpool’s 7-0 win over United but has been restricted to a substitute role in the Premier League this season.
The England starlet has only started one top-flight game so far – a 2-2 draw away at Brighton – but was hooked at the interval.
However, he came off the bench to score the late winner against Palace in his latest impressive cameo and now could be rewarded with a start.
Curtis Jones remains an alternate option to play in the left-sided midfield role should Mac Allister continue to be unavailable.
Cody Gakpo will be hoping to break into the three-pronged attack, but it’s expected that Salah will be flanked once more by Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz.
Ten Hag has several different issues to sort out ahead of the trip to Anfield, chiefly being who will captain his side.
However, both defenders were forced off against Bayern in midweek with injuries and look unlikely to play a part on Merseyside.
Scott McTominay is United’s top Premier League scorer this season and Fernandes’ absence may at least release him from Ten Hag’s double pivot to play in a more advanced role.
Marcus Rashford has also struggled with fitness and form as he desperately bids to kickstart his faltering season.
Illness has since seen him miss the Bayern loss having also restricted him to a late cameo against Bournemouth.
However, United’s lack of senior experience will mean, despite his form, Rashford will likely replace Alejandro Garnacho in his favoured left-wing position should he be passed fit.