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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is dealing with a tough dilemma in midfield ahed of the Premier League showdown with Manchester City.

The Reds will take on City at Anfield on Sunday (4.30pm) in a match that is expected to play a major part in this season’s title race.

Kop legend Phil Thompson believes Klopp will have to make a tough decision in midfield that could play a critical role in his team’s chances against Pep Guardiola’s side.

The German manager will have to decide which two players he should start next to “probably the best holding midfielder in the country” Fabinho.

Thompson claims the former Borussia Dortmund boss will have to choose between the usual duo of Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson or the in-form Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and someone else in his 4-3-3 system.

The Liverpool hero believes Oxlade-Chamberlain “has forced his way in” the starting line-up with some impressive performances recently against Arsenal and Genk.

He added that the England international could add more bite to Klopp’s side thanks to his impressive shooting skills.

Thompson told Sporting Life: “I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has forced his way in, and it gives Jurgen Klopp a dilemma.

“Does he think he is absolutely 100 per cent fit for such a massive game?

“He certainly looks it and he has to have consideration for this game.

“With Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum, they never look to strike from 25-30 yards, especially the way Oxlade-Chamberlain does.

“He gives you an added strike power, particular at home.

“I can see the benefits of Henderson and Wijnaldum away from home, but at Anfield the other option can be striking from rage, which he excels in.

“As we saw against Genk and Arsenal, he can shoot from distance and cause an additional threat.

“This will be another dilemma for Klopp, as the front three speaks for itself.

“Fabinho is probably the best holding midfielder in the country at the moment, so I am not sure who will play alongside against him.

“Henderson and Wijnaldum will be sweating on their positions, but he may go with his tried and trusted and potentially look for the impact in the last 20 minutes with Oxlade-Chamberlain.”



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