3 Nov 2015

Aldo insists: Klopp should drop 'brilliant' Liverpool star on Thursday and unleash £35m-duo. Agree?

After a frustrating run of eight draws in nine games, it's now two wins in a row for for Liverpool, and the club will be hoping to keep the positive momentum going in the Europa League this week. It's an important week for the Reds, with a tough game with Crystal Palace coming up on Sunday, and according to Anfield legend John Aldridge, Jurgen Klopp should make significant changes for Thursday's game with Rubin Kazan.

In his column for the Liverpool Echo this week, Aldo mused:

"Crystal Palace on Sunday...has to come into Klopp’s thinking. The likes of Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen [£15m] and Dejan Lovren [£20m] will get a game on Thursday. I’d put Adam Bogdan in goal as well, and maybe give Connor Randall another go".

With a measly three points from the first three Europa League games, Liverpool are currently 2nd in Group B, but if results go the wrong way on Thursday, the Reds could end the night at the bottom of the table.

As such, a victory against Rubin Kazan is imperative. Klopp proved in his first Europa League game that he's taking the competition seriously, and I suspect he'll field another strong team on Thursday.

Klopp's lineup for the 1-1 draw with Rubin two weeks ago: Mignolet, Clyne, Skrtel, Sakho, Moreno, Milner, Allen, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Origi.

I doubt Klopp will deviate much from this.

* There's a chance Allen will start, but he was subbed off at half-time in the last Europa League game.

* Lovren is also a possibility. All three central defenders are playing well right now, so there's less risk of disruption if the manager rotates.

* I can't see Ibe or Randall starting the game, but Bogdan has a chance. Mignolet - who Aldo claims is 'Brilliant', and the best shot-stopper since Ray Clemence - is playing well at the moment, but Bogdan arguably deserves another run out after his heroics against Bournemouth.

A midweek trip to Russia is no joke, but all top teams have to deal with extensive travel, and it shouldn't be used as an excuse. Liverpool have a big enough squad, and Klopp can handle the the increased number of games easily it is utilised effectively.

NOTE. This is NOT a Prediction League thread, so please don't leave predictions here!

Author: Jaimie K


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