16 Sept 2016

Confirmed Liverpool Team: Last-gasp 'injury' blow; 'sensational' £44m attacker starts; Klopp benches Brazilian; surprise sub

It's game time! Liverpool face Chelsea in the Premier League, and the big news is that Roberto Firmino has picked up an injury and is ruled out of the match.

* FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Sturridge

* SUBS: Karius, Lucas, Stewart, Origi, Moreno, Grujic, Ejaria

* CHELSEA: Courtois; Ivanovic (c), Cahill, David Luiz, Azpilicueta; Kante; Willian, Oscar, Matic, Hazard; Costa.

According to LFC:

"Roberto Firmino misses out for tonight due to a minor groin strain".

Both managers have picked very strong teams.

Lovren comes in for Lucas, which is an expected change, and a necessary one as the Reds will need extra height, and strength in defence to deal with the threat of Costa.

It's good to see Ejaria on the bench, too, and with any luck, he may get a few minutes of game time tonight.

Probable formation:

-------------- Mignolet
Clyne --- Lovren -- Matip ---- Milner
---Lallana --- Hendo --- Wijnaldum
--- Mane --- Sturridge -- Coutinho

* Coutinho: £44m-rated (CIES)


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