Klopp To Make 1 Key Change: Predicted Liverpool XI vs Middlesbrough

By on May 19, 2017

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Liverpool simply need to win when they entertain Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday afternoon to ensure they finish in the top four.

Here is the side I think Jurgen Klopp will select for the game:

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet continued his fine form during the 4-0 win at West Ham last weekend so I fully expect the Belgian international to retain his place for this crucial Champions League decider.

Defence: Klopp has no fresh injury concerns to worry about at the back so I think he’ll once again go with his preferred back four with Joel Matip alongside Dejan Lovren in the middle of defence.

James Milner should continue to fill-in at left-back for the out-of-favour Alberto Moreno while Nathaniel Clyne will almost certain start at right-back.

Midfield: Jordan Henderson will miss the final game of the season as the skipper continues to nurse a troublesome foot injury so Emre Can should keep his place in the midfield three.

Adam Lallana made a successful return to the starting eleven last time out so he should retain his place while Gini Wijnaldum is expected to continue in the box-to-box role on Sunday. Lucas Leiva will therefore have to make do with a place on the bench.

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Attack: Roberto Firmino is facing a late fitness test after missing the West Ham game with a hamstring injury. The Brazilian international hasn’t been able to train with the first team this week but Klopp appeared confident at his press conference today that the attacker would be available.

Firmino’s return would give Klopp a selection dilemma in attack as Daniel Sturridge proved his worth with a vital goal against the Hammers so I think he could retain his place.

Obviously Philippe Coutinho won’t be left out as he was excellent against West Ham so Divock Origi is the man most likely to make way.  Sadio Mane remains out with a knee injury.

Here is how we think Liverpool will line up:

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