2 Mar 2016

Confirmed Liverpool Team: Massive changes as £84m-trio miss out; Youngsters snubbed; Sturridge injured again?

Liverpool boss Jurgen have named another uninspiring team for tonight's Premier League clash with Manchester City, and once gain, he's sh^tcanned all the academy players who've made such progress this season.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Flanagan, Henderson, Can, Milner, Lallana, Firmino, Origi.

SUBS: Ward, Skrtel, Moreno, Allen, Ibe, Coutinho, Benteke.

CITY: Hart, Zabaleta, Clichy, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Fernando, Fernandinho, Navas, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

* Great decision to bench Moreno. After his reckless performance in the League Cup final, he deserved to be dropped.

* Coutinho^ is also on the bench, which suggests that he's being rested after the weekend's exertions.

* Sturridge is not in the squad, and that's a responsible decision. Three days is clearly not enough recovery time for a player who - according to Klopp - 'couldn't walk' after Sunday's final. Hopefully, he's just being rested, and is not injured.

* No room on the bench for Smith, Brannagan, Teixeira, or Chirivella? Absolutely pathetic, and makes a mockery of Klopp's supposed commitment to youth development.

* Lovren returns to the starting lineup, and with Skrtel also on the bench, Liverpool's central defensive options are looking stronger.

* Can and Lallana in the team again? Ugh. Caulker is not even in the squad, which once again begs the question: why sign him in the first place?

* Meanwhile, City have put out a very strong team, with only notable absence being Yaya Toure, who is injured.

Probable formation:

--------------- Mignolet
Clyne ---- Toure ---- Lovren ----- Flanagan
------- Hendo -- Can --- Milner
-------- Lallana --- Firmino
--------------- Origi


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^ Coutinho: £41m-rated. Sturridge: £25m-rated. Sakho: Cost £18m. Combined total = £84m

Author: Jaimie K


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