31 Dec 2016

Confirmed Teams: Klopp springs big surprise; 'Exceptional' €31m Liverpool star dropped; double blow for City

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made a surprise change for today's Premier League clash with Manchester City.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Mane, Firmino

SUBS: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Alexander-Arnold, Ejaria, Origi, Sturridge

MAN CITY: Bravo, Zabaleta, Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, De Bruyne, Sterling, Aguero

* Emre Can comes into the team to replace Divock Origi, and will presumably take Adam Lallana's place in midfield.

* The other alternative is that Lallana stays in midfield, and Can operates as one of the front three, which is, quite frankly, a ridiculous idea.

* As expected, Joel Matip misses out yet again, with Ragnar Klavan continuing alongside Dejan Lovren.

The good news is that calamity defensive pair Stones and Otamendi are at the heart of City's defence, so hopefully Liverpool will be able to capitalise. Probable formation:

------------- Mignolet
Clyne --- Lovren - Klavan --- Milner
------ Can --- Hendo -- Wijnaldum
------ Mane -- Firmino - Lallana

* €31m-rated (CIES Football Observatory). Described as 'exceptional' by Owen Hargreaves.


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