1 Oct 2015

Confirmed Liverpool Team: £53m-duo out; square-pegs in round holes? Surprise on the bench

As expected, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has made several changes for tonight's Europa League clash with FC Sion.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Gomez, Can, Lallana, Rossiter, Allen, Ibe, Origi, Ings

SUBS: Bogdan, Coutinho, Sakho, Moreno, Brannagan, Randall, Chirivella

* Skrtel, Lucas, and Milner are not in the match-day squad, and Coutinho/Moreno (combined value: £53m), are on the bench.

* Ings and Origi are both in the starting line-up, which suggests Rodgers is going with two up-front again.

* Rossiter makes another start in Europe, and, quelle surprise, Connor Randall - another British youngster - gets a place on the bench.

* Quite why Bogdan is not starting is anyone's guess. Rodgers has changed the bulk of the defence, so why not give Bogdan another run-out? Are we to believe that Mingolet is such an amazing goalkeeper that Liverpool can't win without him?

* Collectively, this team has scored 3 goals all season, so I doubt it's going to be a goal-fest.

* There's no natural left wing-back in this team, so if Rodgers sticks with 343, then one of either Ings, Origi, or Ibe is going to be played out of position.

In fact, whether it's 343, 442, or 433, one or more of Liverpool's attackers will be playing out of position:


------------------ Mignolet
----- Can -------- Toure -----------Gomez
Clyne ----- Rossiter -- Allen ------ Ings
------------ Lallana - Ibe
----------------- Origi


------------------ Mignolet
Clyne ----- Toure -------- Can ----- Gomez
Ibe ----- Rossiter -- Allen ------ Ings
---------------- Lallana
---------------- Origi


------------------ Mignolet
Clyne ----- Toure -------- Can ----- Gomez
------------------ Allen
-------- Rossiter ---- Lallana
------------ Ibe ------ Ings
---------------- Origi

These issues could've easily been avoided by starting Alberto Moreno.



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Author: Jaimie K


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