11 Jan 2017

Confirmed Teams: Klopp punishes €31m Liverpool attacker; 'Outstanding' star returns; Big surprise on the bench

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has restored Daniel Sturridge to the starting lineup for tonight's EFL clash with Southampton.

Klopp has clearly gone with his strongest available (and fit) XI:

FULL TEAM: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner, Lucas, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Sturridge

SUBS: Mignolet, Gomez, Moreno, Stewart, Coutinho, Woodburn, Origi

* 'Outstanding' utility man James Milner returns from injury to slot into the left-back position, which is a boost given his consistency this season.

* After a poor performance against Plymouth, Divock Origi is dumped on the bench, with Sturridge taking his place in the starting lineup.

* The Lovren-Klavan axis returns, but as expected, Mignolet remains on the bench.

* With Klavan and Lovren playing, it looks like Lucas will be playing a holding midfield role.

* Unsurprisingly, Lallana and Firmino also return to the starting lineup.

* Philippe Coutinho makes the bench, which is a great boost ahead of Sunday's trip to Old Trafford.

Probable formation:

---------------- Karius
Clyne ---- Lovren -- Klavan ---- Milner
------- Can ---- Lucas -- Wijnaldum
--- Lallana -- Sturridge -- Firmino

* Origi: €31m-rated (CIES Football Observatory).


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