18 Jan 2017

Confirmed Teams: Klopp makes 9 changes; 'Amazing' academy sensation starts; surprise debut for 'talented' Portuguese youngster?

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made 9 changes for tonight's FA Cup clash with Plymouth Argyle.

FULL TEAM: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Lucas, Moreno, Stewart, Ejaria, Coutinho, Woodburn, Origi, Sturridge

SUBS: Mignolet, Klavan, Williams, Wilson, Alves, Ojo, Randall

* Origi and Arnold are the only survivors from the 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

* Lucas has seemingly recovered from his knee injury, and will play alongside Joe Gomez in central defence.

* Coutinho makes his first start since returning from injury, which makes sense as he needs to build match fitness.

* Woodburn, Ejaria, and Alexander-Arnold start the game again, just as they did in the first leg.

* Harry Wilson is finally brought into first-team consideration, and takes a place on the bench.

* There's also a first taste of senior action for Portuguese midfielder Paulo Alves. Description on the official LFC website: "Talented midfielder from Portugal who spent seven years with FC Porto's Academy. Has an eye for a pass and will hope to make a big impression in Kirkby".

Probable formation:

---------------- Karius
Arnold ---- Lucas --- Gomez ----- Moreno
---- Ejaria --- Stewart -- Coutinho
---- Woodburn - Sturridge -- Origi

* Woodburn: Hailed by Ian Rush as 'absolutely amazing'.


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