25 Nov 2015

LFC-Lineup vs. Bordeaux: 'Amazing' attacker finally starts? Forgotten man returns? Surprise start for Bogdan? [Prediction League]

Reds fans are on a high after the Liverpool's recent 4-1 annihilation of Manchester City, and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that the positive momentum continues at Anfield on Thursday, when LFC face Bordeaux in a crucial Europa League tie.

Pre-match news:

* Henderson, Sakho, Flanagan, Gomez, and Ings are all out injured.

* On Wednesday afternoon, Klopp confirmed that Sturridge is getting 'closer' to full fitness, and suggested that he may feature against Bordeaux.

* Klopp also confirmed that Benteke is in 'good shape' ahead of the game, and that Martin Skrtel is a 'doubt' due to illness.

* Coutinho only suffered a 'minor' hamstring injury against City, but it's doubtful he'll be ready for tomorrow's game.

Should Sturridge start? That's the big question ahead of the Bordeaux game, and with Coutinho almost certainly out, there's obviously an opportunity there for the 'amazing' striker to come into the team.

Possible lineup:

--------------- Mignolet
Clyne ----- Toure --- Lovren -- Moreno
------- Milner - Lucas -- Allen
----------- Lallana - Firmino
---------------- Benteke

With Sturridge:

--------------- Mignolet
Clyne ----- Toure --- Lovren -- Moreno
------- Milner - Lucas -- Allen
----------- Lallana - Firmino
---------------- Sturridge

* Klopp probably planned to rest Lucas for this game, but since the Brazilian is suspended for Sunday, he'll probably start.

* Allen is Liverpool's forgotten man in the league. He's been an unused sub for the last four games, so it's about time for him to be given a run-out.

* One of either Can or Milner may be rested, and my choice is Can.

* I'd rather not see Lallana in the starting lineup at all, but with the absence of Coutinho, it's a certainty.

* If Skrtel misses out, it's important to keep the rest of the defensive unit together (for stability etc).

My preferred lineup:

---------------- Bogdan
Clyne ----- Lovren -- Toure ---- Moreno
------- Milner --- Lucas - Allen
-------------- Ibe -- Firmino
---------------- Benteke

PREDICTION LEAGUE

You have until Thursday 7.45PM (GMT) to make your predictions.

* 20 Points: First goalscorer (Can be for either team).

* 30 Points: Number of LFC shots on target.

* 50 Point Triple-Whammy: Perfect score + first goalscorer + shots on goal

My prediction: 2-1 Liverpool. Firmino first goalscorer. 9 shots on target.

Author: Jaimie K



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