30 Oct 2015

Klopp's lineup vs. Chelsea: Liverpool make 9 changes? £36m-duo dropped? shock start for Teixeira? [PREDICTION LEAGUE]

After Wednesday's victory over Bournemouth, Liverpool are finally back to winning ways, but Jurgen Klopp now faces the first real test of his fledgeling Anfield career with the Reds' trip to Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho's team are in the midst of mini-crisis right now, and with any luck, the Reds will be able to capitalise.

Pre-match news:

* Daniel Sturridge is definitely OUT of the game. Klopp confirmed this in his post-match press conference on Wednesday.

* Christian Benteke will, however, be fit to play. After the Bournemouth game, Klopp told reporters: ""Benteke can play. He was only out for two days, so I'm pretty sure [he'll be ready].

* Lovren had a solid game on his return from injury, which means he'll probably be in contention for the game.

* Coutinho, Lallana, and Lucas started on the bench against Bournemouth, but it's probable that at least two of those three will come back into the starting line up. My money is on Lucas and Coutinho, with Lallana being left on the bench.

* Adam Bogdan had a great game on Wednesday, and in my view, he should keep his place for the Chelsea game. I doubt Klopp will make that change, though.

* Ditto for Teixeira, Brannagan, and Randall. All three played well against Bournemouth, but Klopp will probably keep the status quo at Stamford Bridge.

I'd love to see Klopp shake things up a bit for the Chelsea game. Players like Can, Lallana, Milner, and Origi have contributed next nothing in the league, so why should they keep their places?

Team I'd like to see (I've included Milner as it's inevitable he will play):

------------- Bogdan
Clyne --- Skrtel - Sakho ---- Moreno
---------- Lucas - Milner
- Teixieira - Firmino -- Coutinho
------------- Benteke

OR as a 4321:

------------- Bogdan
Clyne --- Skrtel - Sakho ---- Moreno
---------- Lucas - Milner
------------- Coutinho
------ Teixieira - Firmino
------------- Benteke

What we'll probably see:

------------- Mignolet
Clyne --- Skrtel - Sakho ---- Moreno
-------- Can - Lucas - Milner
------- Coutinho - Firmino
------------- Benteke

Predicting a 1-1 draw, Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson told the BBC:

"This is an incredibly difficult game to call, because Klopp is just starting to build and Mourinho is threatening to self-destruct, but I am going to go for a draw"


You have until 31 October @ 12.30PM (GMT) to get your predictions in. This week, there are extra points up for grabs too:

* 20 points: Predict the first goalscorer (Can be for either team).

* 15 points: Predict the correct number of LFC shots on target.

Remember: All predictions must be made on this page. Predictions elsewhere will be ignored.

My prediction: 1-1. Costa first goalscorer. 7 shots on target.

Good luck!

Author: Jaimie K


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