18 Jan 2017

Confirmed Team News: €60m Liverpool trio out; Klopp confirms Anfield outcast 'will play' tonight

Liverpool face Plymouth in the FA Cup today, and ahead of the game, here is the latest confirmed team news.

* Lucas is out of tonight's game. According to Jurgen Klopp: "Lucas's knee was swollen and that’s never a good sign. You have to wait until the swelling is away and wait for if something is coming back".

* Joel Matip is also out of the game due to ongoing uncertainty over international clearance.

* Klopp also confirmed on Monday that Nathaniel Clyne will miss the game: "It’s really painful, So we'll give him two or three more days and then hopefully he can start running. He has a big chance for Swansea.”

* When asked about goalkeeper selection, Klopp added: "If nothing happens, yes, then Loris [Karius] will play."

Sadio Mane is also missing, but Philippe Coutinho is back, so that's a massive boost for the Reds.

Plymouth are 67 places below Liverpool in combined league standings, so there's no way Klopp's team can lose...right?

Given the massive disparity in quality and financial resources, this match should be a formality, but Plymouth are currently second in their league, and if they can hold Liverpool to a draw at Anfield, then anything is possible *shudder*.

* Clyne, Matip, and Lucas: Combined worth = €60m (CIES Football Observatory)


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