Klopp To Make 2 Changes: Predicted Liverpool 4-3-3 Line-Up To Face Stoke

By on December 26, 2016

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Liverpool will look to keep the pressure on Premier League leaders Chelsea when they entertain Stoke City at Anfield on Tuesday night. Here is the side I think Jurgen Klopp will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Loris Karius has been dropped for Liverpool’s last two matches following some erratic form and as Simon Mignolet has kept two consecutive clean sheets against Middlesbrough and Everton, I expect him to keep his place tomorrow.

Defence: Liverpool have been handed a major boost with Joel Matip set to return to the squad after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. Klopp said at his press conference last week that they could have risked the defender at Everton but decided to give him more time to heal properly so Matip is expected to return on Tuesday.

However, it’s not going to be an easy decision for Klopp to make over who drops out as Ragnar Klavan was excellent against Everton but I think we’ll see Dejan Lovren resume his partnership alongside Matip. Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner are also expected to keep their places at the back.

Midfield: Erme Can made his return with a substitute appearance against Everton after recovering from a knock and Klopp may be tempted to bring him back in to the side to compete with a physical Stoke midfield.

Gini Wijnaldum is the man likely to make way as Adam Lallana is almost certain to keep his place in the middle of the park while skipper Jordan Henderson will also start.

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Attack: Daniel Sturridge is pushing for a recall after making a huge impact off the bench at Goodison Park with his long-range shot coming back off the post before Sadio Mane poked home the late winner.

However, Klopp still has concerns over the strikers fitness so I think we might see Divock Origi continue up front against Stoke with Sturridge once again having to make do with a place on the bench.

Philippe Coutinho is still not back in training as he continues to nurse an ankle injury and Klopp has hinted he may not return until the start of the New Year so Roberto Firmino is likely to continue out on the wing while Mane will once again start on the right.

Here is how we think Liverpool will line up:

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