How Liverpool must lineup vs Wolves: Fabinho, Keita, Thiago in midfield

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Right-back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

Trent returned to the lineup on Wednesday night against Leipzig after he was given a surprise rest against Fulham in the last league game.

After a series of poor individual performances earlier this season from the Scouser, he has levelled up in the past couple of months. He has been one of the few Liverpool players who have impressed in what has been an otherwise tough period.

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Centre-back: Nathaniel Phillips

Liverpool’s most reliable centre-back in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, and even Fabinho. Nat Phillips has become a fan-favourite owing to his perseverance, heading ability, and no-nonsense style of play.

The 23-year-old didn’t seem to be Jurgen Klopp’s favourite option to turn to at first, but his performances whenever picked almost compels the German manager to pick him whenever available.

Centre-back: Ozan Kabak

The 20-year-old has done well enough to retain his place in the lineup. We must understand that adjusting to a high-line defence on more or less immediate notice is incredibly tough, especially in the absence of a senior centre-back partner.

The promising signs of a partnership building between Kabak and Phillips has given most Liverpool fans enough confidence for them to continue together. I am one of those fans. The duo has kept clean sheets in both the games they started together without compromising on the team’s style of play.

Left-back: Andy Robertson

Robbo has admitted that he considers himself to be a leader of the back-line in the extraordinary circumstances Liverpool has found itself in.

His inclusion in the starting XI is undebatable even with a worthy Kostas Tsimikas available as a back-up option. We saw this in the game against Fulham when seven changes made to the lineup, but Robbo kept his place in the eleven.