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5 Nov 2015

Confirmed Liverpool Team: £56m attacking-duo benched; unbalanced defence? Klopp takes big risk with Benteke

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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made several changes for tonight's Europa League clash with Rubin Kazan, the most notable of which is the decision to rest two-goal Chelsea hero Philippe Coutinho.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Allen, Milner, Ibe, Firmino, Benteke.

SUBS: Bogdan, Coutinho*, Lallana*, Lucas, Origi, Brannagan, Skrtel.

* It's disappointing to see Bogdan ignored for this game. After his excellent performance against Bournemouth, he arguably deserves another run out.

* Lovren starts ahead of Skrtel, who is given a much-needed rest. It's important to retain some kind of continuity in defence, so it's good to see Clyne, Sakho, and Moreno retaining their places.

* Sakho and Lovren are both left-sided central defenders, so hopefully this won't cause an imbalance in defence.

* Can, Allen, and Milner together = uninspiring, and devoid of creative impact, but they should be defensively solid enough.

* Benteke features in his second game this week, and hopefully his fitness will hold up.

* In my view, starting Benteke is the wrong decision, especially if the plan is to play him on Sunday, too.

* Coutinho, Lucas, and Lallana are also rested, which suggests they'll be back in the team for Sunday's game with Crystal Palace.

Probable formation:

------------- Mignolet
Clyne --- Sakho - Lovren ---- Moreno
---- Milner - Allen - Can
--------- Ibe --- Firmino
------------ Benteke

No British team has ever beaten Rubin Kazan at home. Can Liverpool make history?


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* Coutinho: £30m-rated. Lallana: Cost £26m

Author: Jaimie K


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