21 May 2017

Confirmed Teams: Klopp drops 'exceptional' €31m attacker; top goalscorers benched; Brazilian returns

It's crunch time! Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has made one change to the team for today's final day Premier League clash with Middlesbrough.

FULL TEAM: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino, Sturridge.

SUBS: Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lucas, Grujic, Origi

BORO: Guzan, Fabio, Chambers, Gibson, Friend, Clayton, Leadbitter, Forshaw, Downing, Bamford, Gestede

* Roberto Firmino comes back into the starting lineup at the expense of Divock Origi.

* Daniel Sturridge makes his second start in a row, which bodes well for his ability to remain fit.

* The bench looks a tad stronger this week, but it's still short of genuine match-winners. Hopefully, though, that won't be an issue against a relegated team. At home.

* Surprisingly, Middlesbrough have left Alvar Negredo on the bench, and opted for Rudy Gestede instead.

* Both of the club's top goalscorers are on the bench, which suggests 'Boro are going for a more defensive approach.

Today, the goal is simple: Liverpool must win. Do that, and a Champions League place is secured. Draw, or (heaven forbid) lose, and all bets are off.

There's no way Liverpool will lose at home to a relegated team...right?

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


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