17 Apr 2016

Confirmed Liverpool Team: 10 massive changes; 'brilliant' youngster starts; surprise debut for 'excellent' academy star

After Thursday's heroics in the Europa League, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made 10 changes for today's Premier League clash with Bournemouth.

FULL TEAM: Ward, Randall, Toure, Lucas, Smith, Allen, Stewart, Ibe, Ojo, Firmino, Sturridge.

SUBS: Mignolet, Milner, Coutinho, Sakho, Lallana, Origi, Flanagan.

Bournemouth: Boruc, Francis, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Gosling, Surman, Stanislas, King, Gradel

* Four months after returning from his loan spell, Danny Ward finally makes his debut for the club. Better late than never.

* The entire back four is switched out, with Toure and Lucas (captain) replacing Sakho and Lovren in central defence.

* Smith and Ojo are also drafted into the team, which will be great experience for them.

* Given the personnel, it looks like Klopp will go with a 4231 formation:

--------------- Ward
Randall -- Toure -- Lucas ---- Smith
--------- Allen --- Stewart
Ibe ---------- Firmino ------ Ojo
------------- Sturridge

This is a team that's never played together before, but according to Reds legend John Aldridge:

"Totally agree with the team selection. It's a team good enough to win and fight for a place for the Villareal squad".

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Author: Jaimie K



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