LIV vs OSA Dream11: Liverpool takes on Spanish side Osasuna in their final friendly of the pre-season. They have only won one of their last five games this season, drawing three times and losing once. Liverpool is coming off a score draw vs Atletic Club where Alejandro Berenguer cancelled out Diego Jota’s 13th-minute strike. The Reds will take on newly-promoted Norwich in their season opener on Saturday.
Osasuna, on the other hand, has had a fantastic pre-season. They’ve won all their four games so far this season, including a 3-1 win over Real Sociedad. Manager Jagoba Arrasate will be pleased with his team’s efforts on both sides of the field so far. They have been in excellent goal-scoring form of late, with nine goals and only two goals conceded.
August 9, Monday
Kick-Off: 23:30 PM (IST)
This is the first-ever meeting between the two sides.
Injury Report and Unavailability: Left-back Andrew Robertson twisted his ankle yesterday against Athletic Club. Thiago is also doubtful to start. There are no suspensions.
Expected Changes and Strategy: Liverpool are playing back-to-back games on consecutive days, therefore Klopp might use an entirely different XI. C Kelleher should be starting in goal. N Williams, J Gomez, I Konate, and K Tsimikas are likely to form the backline. Fabinho, C Jones, and J Henderson could occupy the midfield positions. R Firminho should start up front along with T Minamino and D Origi.
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Caoimhin Kelleher, Neco Williams, Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate, Kostas Tsimikas, Fabinho, Curtis Jones, Jordan Henderson, Takumi Minamino, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi
Injury Report and Unavailability: Due to injuries, Aridane Hernández, Rober Ibáez, Cote, and Iker Benito will be unavailable for Osasuna. After his heroics with the Spanish soccer team in the Olympics, midfielder Jon Moncayola is still unavailable. There are no other suspensions.
Expected Changes and Strategy: S Herrera could start between the posts. Nacho Vidal, Unai Dufur, David Garcia, Olier could lineup in the back four. Lucas Torro could be the central defensive midfielder. R Garcia, D Brasnac, Barbero, and K Barja could occupy other midfield positions. A Budimir will once again be leading the lines for his side.
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Sergio Herrera, Nacho Vidal, Unai Dufur, David Garcia, Olier, Lucas Torro, Ruben Garcia, Darko Brasanac, Barbero, Kike Barja, Ante Budimir
Roberto Firmino had an underwhelming last season but still returned with nine goals and seven assists. He could seize the mantle in the possible absence of Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah.
Ante Budimir could shine for the visitors against a makeshift Reds defence. The Croatian finished last season strongly and has good pre-season form behind him.
Jordan Henderson could rack up the points in the middle of the park from his all-action display. The Liverpool captain could also be on penalties if Mo Salah is rested.
Ruben Garcia could be an interesting differential choice. He has high assist potential. The midfielder had three goals and five assists last season.
GK: S Herrera
DEF: , I Konate, N Williams, K Tsimikas, D Garcia
MID: T Minamino, Fabinho, J Henderson, R Garcia
FOR: R Firmino, A Budimir
Where to Watch: The game can be streamed live exclusively on LFCTV GO.
Liverpool could field an entirely new XI owing to the fact that they played a game yesterday. Osasuna has been in good form and might just take something from this game. However, The LIV vs OSA Today Match Prediction odds are in favor of Liverpool to get the win here by a narrow margin.
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