15 May 2016

Confirmed Liverpool XI: 'Outstanding' academy sensation starts; double bench surprise; Klopp makes massive changes

As expected, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made eleven changes for today's Premier League clash with West Brom.

FULL TEAM: Bogdan, Flanagan, Skrtel, Lucas, Smith, Stewart, Brannagan, Allen, Ibe, Ojo, Benteke.

SUBS: Mignolet, Henderson, Ilori, Ings, Randall, Canos, Chirivella.

* The absence of Origi from the match-day squad suggests that he will not play any part in the Europa League final

* There is, however, hope for Henderson, who makes the bench today, and will probably play some part in the game in a bid to build up his match fitness.

* After a good season on loan at Brentford, Sergi Canos is rewarded with a place on the bench, and hopefully he'll get some playing time.

* Brannagan is handed his full Premier League debut, and it looks like he'll be alongside Stewart in central midfield.

* Danny Ings returns to the match-day squad, and he'll depending on the scoreline, he'll probably get some minutes this afternoon.

This is far from a 'nothing' game for Liverpool - Europa League qualification is still mathematically possible (depending on other results), and the Reds need to go all out for the win.

Liverpool can qualify for the Champions League by beating Sevilla this week, but there's no guarantee of that happening, and missing out on European football next season will almost certainly make it harder to attract top players this summer.

A must-win game.

^ May 2016: Described by Klopp as 'outstanding'

Author: Jaimie K


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