8 May 2016

Confirmed Liverpool Team: 8 changes as 'terrific' attacker returns; massive new injury blow for Reds bench-warmer

After Thursday's Europa League victory, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made eight changes for today's Premier League clash with Watford.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Moreno, Allen, Stewart, Ibe, Ojo, Coutinho, Benteke.

SUBS: Bogdan, Toure, Firmino, Sturridge, Brannagan, Randall, Chirivella.

* Lovren, Milner, Firmino, Lallana, and Clyne are all rested, and don't make the match-day squad.

* Danny Ward is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, which means Adam Bogdan returns to the subs bench.

* Jon Flanagan returns to the starting lineup for the first time since March 20th.

* Stewart, and Ojo start once again after featuring against Swansea last weekend.

* The bench is strong (attack-wise), with Firmino, and Sturridge amongst the substitutes.

* Benteke^ gets his first league start since January.

With Liverpool currently eighth in the league, this may seem like a nothing game, but European qualification should still be on the agenda, which is why the Reds need to keep winning.

There's no guarantee of beating Sevilla in the Europa League final, and if Liverpool lose the game, and finish eighth in the league, there'll be no European football at Anfield next season.

Watford doing the league double over Liverpool? That can't happen...can it?

^ Described by Steven Gerrard as a 'terrific talent'.

Author: Jaimie K


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