Liverpool writers pick Jurgen Klopp's ideal starting XI if every player was fully fit

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Jurgen Klopp has something of a defensive dilemma ahead of Liverpool’s Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

Virgil van Dijk is suspended, while Joe Gomez is still recovering from a fractured leg. Meanwhile, Dejan Lovren is struggling with a hamstring problem.

So, Klopp may have very little alternative but to field Joel Matip alongside an unnatural centre-back - possibly Fabinho.

But Liverpool have coped well with injuries this season.

Their squad is much stronger and they haven’t felt the effects of numerous first-team players being sidelined.

But what would Liverpool’s starting XI be if everyone was fit and available?

Well, that question was put to Liverpool Echo’s writers and three of them picked the exact same XI.

Ian Doyle:

“The only real debate is in midfield. Gini Wijnaldum has been the real winner this season, while Fabinho has made himself undroppable with his form in recent months,” Doyle said.

“James Milner is reliable, Xherdan Shaqiri has sparkled on occasion, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can't be forgotten and Naby Keita is hopefully starting to deliver on his promise. But skipper Jordan Henderson remains the most influential presence in the engine room.”

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Connor Dunn:

“Gini Wijnaldum makes a tremendous difference to the balance of the side and therefore has to be in the best starting XI while Fabinho gives a totally different option in the engine room and his performances of late have certainly made him worthy of being included here,” Dunn said.

“The third and final position is trickier and it will depend on formation of course but Jurgen Klopp's tried and tested 4-3-3 is the one for me and that means Jordan Henderson is also in the line-up.”

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Sean Bradbury:

“Midfield is where the real dilemma emerges. I'm sticking to a 4-3-3 formation and Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum both make the cut,” Bradbury said.

“The third midfield berth goes to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who just edges out Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita.”

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Chris Beesley:

“The engine room is an intriguing conundrum. Forget what the haters of Jordan Henderson say - many of whom are far away from Anfield on a matchday when they cast their skewed opinions - the club captain remains at the heartbeat of this side,” Beesley said.

“For sheer ability you'd think Naby Keita SHOULD be in there too but he hasn't shown enough so far so instead the likes of Fabinho and Gini Wijnaldum are in on merit for what they have proven on the pitch to date.”

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