28 Apr 2016

Confirmed Lineup? Surprise as Aldo posts Liverpool XI for Villareal. Klopp drops 'amazing' attacker? Leaked?

In just over four hours, Liverpool face Villareal in the Europa League semi-final, and it looks like the lineup for tonight's game may have already been leaked.

According to Reds legend John Aldridge, this 'could be the lineup' for tonight's game:

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Allen, Lucas, Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino.

If this turns out to be true, then - bar the absence of Sturridge - there are no real surprises:

* Toure comes in to replace Sakho, which makes sense given his experience, and reliability. Skrtel is still not match-fit after suffering a minor groin issue last week, and with injuries to Can and Henderson, Lucas is needed in midfield.

* 'Amazing' Sturridge is in great form right now, and after five days of recovery time, there's no real need to start him on the bench. In my view, it'll be surprising (and disappointing) to have him on the bench.

* That said, given his injury history, Klopp's caution is somewhat understandable, though it's a risk to drop the club's most prolific (and in-form) goalscorer for the biggest game of the season.

* With Milner, Allen, and Lucas in the team, Klopp will probably revert to a 4321, and solidify things in midfield. The game-plan will probably be to keep it tight, and nick a goal on the attack, which is a typical approach to European away games.

Is this the best possible team Klopp can select?

Author: Jaimie K


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