12 Mar 2017

Confirmed Teams: Massive triple blow for Liverpool; Forgotten man returns; 'Amazing' Academy star included

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made one enforced change for today's Premier League clash with Burnley.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Klavan, Milner, Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Mane, Origi.

SUBS: Karius, Moreno, Lucas, Wilson, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn.

* Roberto Firmino missed a full week of training with an unspecified muscle injury, so it's no surprise to see him out of the match-day squad. Henderson and Sturridge also miss the cut through injury.

* Divock Origi comes in to replace the Brazilian, and he has the perfect opportunity here to stake his claim for a regular starting place over the next couple of months.

* Klavan continues at centre-back, which, after his excellent performances against Arsenal, is arguably the right decision.

* Marko Grujic misses out yet again, despite the fact he played 60 minutes for the U23s earlier this week.

* Gomez, Wilson, Woodburn, and Arnold all make the bench, which is great for the club's young players, but just highlights the severe lack of experienced depth in Klopp's squad.

If, heaven forbid, Liverpool are losing at some point today, where are the game-changers from the bench? There are none, and that is Klopp's fault for failing to bolster the squad during the January transfer window.

Hopefully, this lack of depth won't hurt Liverpool today. There are no easy games in the Premier League, but seriously, if the Reds can't get a result at home against a team with the worst away record in the league, then heads need to roll.

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


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