11 May 2016

Liverpool XI vs. Chelsea: £56m-duo return? Klopp confirms 'terrific' attacker won't start because he's not '100%'

Liverpool face Chelsea tonight in the final home game of the season, and with the Reds still languishing in 8th place in the Premier League, a victory is vital to increase the chances of European qualification.

Klopp's pre-match updates:

On Origi: "He's [back] quicker than we thought. He is already training. He's on the pitch, he's running, but we cannot force it, we take what we get".

On Ings^: "Danny is healthy. Not 100% fit of course, but he's in a really good way. For tomorrow, absolutely not. We have to see how he reacts to all our training sessions, but he's really in a good way".

On Henderson: "I'm not sure [he’ll be fit for the Europa League final], because it’s only nine days now until the final. For the rest, for our games, we will have to see".

On Sturridge^: "He is in good shape, you see it – you see him playing, you see him running, you see everything. There is no rest in the game, it’s a high level from first to last minute".

Klopp insists that tonight's match is 'one of the biggest games in world football', so it's likely that he'll play his strongest available side. The plan is probably to play the Europa League final team against Chelsea (a dry run); and then rest the majority of at the weekend, in preparation for Basel.

Probable lineup:

----------------- Mignolet
Clyne ------ Lovren -- Toure -- Moreno
--------- Milner -------- Can
Lallana ------- Firmino ----- Coutinho
-------------- Sturridge

^ Described by Brendan Rodgers as 'terrific'
^ Lallana and Sturridge: Combined cost/value = £56m

Author: Jaimie K


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