We would expect Rafa to make a few changes to the side that lost 1-0 at Brighton yesterday.
The player most likely to come into the team is Jonjo Shelvey, and we need his creativity against his former club.
Isaac Hayden has been playing quite well, but Rafa may want to start Mikel Merino and Jonjo in central midfield.
It’s something he will be looking at in training this coming week.
Jonjo Shelvey after the game yesterday
This is what Rafa said after the match yesterday when asked about a possible Merino – Shelvey partnership:
“They did well when they were playing together, but it depends on the game. “It depends on the moment during the games.”
“Yesterday was a time when we needed to change something, and it was good for us.”
“But it is a pity that with so much possession at the end, we have to create more chances and better chances and control things better.”
Rafa could keep Hayden and Merino in midfield and put Jonjo in the number 10 position in place of Perez – or even have Mikel Merino in the number 10 position.
Mikel is so talented he can put the ball into the back of the net, and he almost scored a great goal yesterday from outside the box very early in the game.
Joselu again missed chances yesterday, and with Aleksandar Mitrovic fit again we could see him even start the game.
But if he does play he will have to behave himself – we cannot afford to go down to 10 men against a side like Liverpool.
Same goes for Jonjo Shelvey.
And we could see Florian Lejeune pushing hard for a place at center-back, and in preseason, he looked to be Rafa’s first choice until he was injured against Spurs.
It wouldn’t surprise us too much if Rafa brings him back and rests either Lascelles or Clark against The Reds – maybe Clark moves to left-back?
Yesterday was only the 12th time Rafa has kept the same side in a Premier League game in his career – it’s doubtful to be the 13th time next Sunday.