23 Jan 2016

Confirmed Liverpool Team: Klopp drops £52m duo; Forgotten man finally returns; Surprise as Smith ignored

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has left £32m summer signing Christian Benteke on the bench once again for this afternoon's Premier League clash with Norwich City.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Can, Milner, Ibe, Firmino.

SUBS: Ward, Caulker, Flanagan, Allen, Teixeira, Lallana, Benteke.

NORWICH: Rudd, Pinto, Martin, Bassong, Brady, Redmond, Dorrans, Howson, Hoolahan, Naismith, Mbokani

* Joe Allen is dropped again after scoring a goal. What does he have to do to get a Premier League start under Klopp? In my view, this is poor man-management, and simply underlines that £20m-rated Allen - hailed as 'magnificent' by Wales boss Chris Coleman - is not in Klopp's long-term plans. Clearly, the merit system doesn't apply under Klopp.

* On Friday, Klopp confirmed that Lallana is an injury 'doubt', so why not just give someone else his place in the squad?

* Ojo (who scored a great goal on Wednesday), or Brad Smith could've been given his place on the bench, but no - Klopp has to have his beloved, useless Lallana in the squad, even when he's not 100% fit.

* On the subject of Smith - it's a surprise to see the Australian left out of the match-day squad, especially after putting another good performance against Exeter (capped off with another assist). Again, suspect man-management (IMO).

* Good to see Teixeira on the bench. He deserves his place after an impressive showing against Exeter.

Probable formation:

-------------- Mignolet
Clyne ---- Sakho -- Toure ---- Moreno
--- Hendo ---- Lucas --- Can
--------- Ibe ----- Milner
------------- Firmino

Irrespective of team selection, this team is more than capable of beating Norwich, and given the disparity in player quality, Liverpool have to be favourites to win this game...right?


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Author: Jaimie K


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