Klopp To Make 2 Changes: Predicted Liverpool Starting XI To Face Rubin Kazan

By on October 21, 2015

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Jurgen Klopp takes charge of his first game at Anfield as Liverpool take on Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night. Here is the side I think the German will pick:

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet is expected to keep his place meaning Adam Bodgan will continue on the bench.

Defence: Klopp is likely to stick with his preferred 4-2-3-1 formation and ideally he may have wanted to rest a few key men but a number of injuries have limited his options.

Joe Gomez has undergone surgery on a knee injury while Jon Flanagan is still working his way back to full fitness. Dejan Lovren is back in full training and could be in the squad but Klopp has confirmed he’s not yet ready to start. Therefore, I think we’ll see the same back four that started at Spurs, namely Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Alberto Moreno.

Midfield: Skipper Jordan Henderson remains out with a foot injury and we could see Lucas Leiva given a rest with Joe Allen coming in to start alongside Emre Can in the middle of the park. James Milner could move in to the middle to play just in front of the duo.

Attack: Adam Lallana should keep his place in attack and Jordon Ibe could come in with Philippe Coutinho given a well earned rest ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Southampton.

Daniel Sturridge is back in training but this game will come too soon. Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are also back out on the training pitch but again Klopp has confirmed they are just short of fitness to start so they may have to make do with a place on the bench.

Danny Ings has undergone surgery following his cruciate knee ligament injury so it leaves Klopp with little option but to stick with Divock Origi up front.

Here is how I think we’ll see Liverpool line-up:

What do you think? What line-up would you like to see start?

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3 Comments

  1. Dillboy

    October 22, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Another 0-0 then . Firmino must be fit by now so I’d stick him upfront with origi or Benteke if he’s fit and gave 1 holding mid . I’ve always thought 2 holding Mids infront of a back 4 is too defensive especially at home as strong favourites in a must win game . It’s a Rodgers formation really

    • Dillboy

      October 22, 2015 at 1:23 pm

      Surely we can field out 2 strikers even if Firmino and Benteke are still unfit or I’d go with 4 attacking Mids behind a lone striker because we will struggle to score with origi upfront on his own and I’m sure 1 holding mid infront of a back 4 will be tight enough

  2. Olokodana Omotunde

    October 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    I can’t wait to see jurgen klopp winning tonight match,against rubin kazan.that’s his first home game,since arriving

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