16 Sept 2016

Liverpool XI vs. Chelsea: €39m star out; Klopp to bench LFC 'genius'? Surprise in defence?

In less than four hours, Liverpool face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and after demolishing Leicester 4-1, the question is this: should Jurgen Klopp stick with a winning team, or are changes required?

Pre-Match news:

* Can, Gomez, Sakho, and Ojo are definitely out of the game.

* For Chelsea, Terry, and Van Ginkel are injured and unavailable.

* Klopp on the threat of Costa: “You cannot defend Costa alone. That’s not possible. You need help from the other [players].

* Klopp on Liverpool's strikers: "It’s really difficult to find strikers better than ours. It’s not about having the best, it’s about doing the best”.

* Conte' view: "Liverpool are a really good team. They play with high intensity, they bring many players in offensive situations".

* Aldo's view: "Liverpool will be in confident mood. Antonio Conte's made a decent start, but most teams will struggle to contain the Reds if they are on song".

* Molby's view: "Chelsea don't have much in defence, and even Courtois struggles coming off his line, but do have a brilliant shield in N'Golo Kante".

Probable Lineup:

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

* I don't see Sturridge, Firmino, or Mane can be dropped. All three scored/created goals against Leicester, and deserve to keep their places. Coutinho will just have to wait.

* Lovren replacing Lucas seems logical, and given his increased height and strength, Lovren's extra physical presence should (in theory) come in handy when dealing with Costa.

Lawro's Prediction:

"2-0 LFC. I really fancy the Reds to win. They have a real momentum, and playing an away match against an attacking team will suit Klopp's side".

* Can: €39m rated (CIES). Coutinho Described by Klopp as a 'genius'.


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