16 Apr 2016

Liverpool XI vs. B'mouth: 6+ changes? Forgotten man returns? Surprise start for 'outstanding' midfielder?

After Thursday's euphoric Europa League victory over Borussia Dortmund, it's back to Premier League action for Liverpool on Sunday, and with Reds still nine points off fourth place, fans will be hoping that the Reds do not suffer a European hangover.

Pre-match news:

* Emre Can is out for '4-6 weeks' with an ankle ligament injury, and will miss the game.

* Henderson and Benteke are also injured, and remain on the sidelines.

With Henderson and Can out, there are two spaces in midfield to be filled, but who will benefit? If Klopp plays 4321, then it's probable that Allen and Lucas will get the nod,

Having said that, Stewart - recently hailed by Klopp for his 'outstanding' application in training - got selected ahead of Lucas for Liverpool's 4-1 victory over Stoke, so Klopp may prefer to continue with him in midfield. It's also possible that Klopp will make 5-6 changes to rotate the squad and rest some players.

My preferred lineup:

-------------- Mignolet
Flanagan - Skrtel --- Lovren -- Clyne
----- Milner -- Stewart -- Allen
-------- Coutinho -- Firmino
-------------- Sturridge

* Origi has played a lot of football over the last 10 days, whereas Sturridge is comparatively well-rested.

* Firmino needs games to build up his match-fitness again, though (for Liverpool) he's better suited to playing up-front than out wide, and his stats shows this.

* Jon Flanagan hasn't featured for Liverpool since March 20th, and didn't even make the squad for the last two league games. Is he injured? If not, why is he not being utilised?

P. LEAGUE

You have until Sunday 13:30PM (GMT) to participate.

* 20 Points: First goalscorer (either team)

* 30 Points: First Liverpool player to provide an assist.

* 40 Points: Collective Liverpool throw-ins

* 100 Point Triple-Whammy: Goalscorer + assists + throw-ins

* The George Taylor Mega-Bonus: 150 points. Perfect score + goalscorer + + assists + throw-ins


Author: Jaimie K



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