4-3-3: Klopp To Make 7 Changes | Expected Liverpool XI vs Stoke
Liverpool will have one eye on their clash with Roma when they welcome Stoke to Anfield on Saturday. Here is the side I think Jurgen Klopp will select
Liverpool will have one eye on their Champions League semi-final with Roma when they welcome Stoke to Anfield on Saturday lunchtime.
Here is the side I think Jurgen Klopp will select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Loris Karius had a few nervy moments against Roma in midweek but he’s Klopp’s No.1 and is expected to keep his place ahead of Simon Mignolet this weekend.
Defence: We should see some changes in defence as Klopp is likely to rest his first choice back four meaning Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson should all be given the night off.
Nathaniel Clyne could get another run out at right-back, Alberto Moreno should start on the left and Ragnar Klavan is likely to come in to the middle of defence for Virgil van Dijk.
Klopp has more options at the back as Joe Gomez is also available again so he could come in for Dejan Lovren – who came under fire once again for his part in Roma’s first goal.
Midfield: However, Klopp has very few options to rotate in midfield with injuries mounting in the middle of the park so it’s going to be interesting to see who gets the nod.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a knee ligament injury against Roma while Emre Can and Adam Lallana are also struggling to play again this season.
Therefore, if Klopp resists the temptation to play the kids, we should see James Milner, Georgino Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson start in midfield against Stoke.
Attack: Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of Sadio Mane after he was sent to have scans on an knock he picked up against Roma so the Senegal star is unlikely to be risked this weekend.
Roberto Firmino should also be given a breather with Dominic Solanke coming in to the attack while Danny Ings should also get another chance to impress following his goal against West Brom last week.
Mohamed Salah continued his sensational season with another two goals on Tuesday night and he may start on Saturday as he looks to tighten his grip on the Golden Boot.
Here is how we think Liverpool will line up:
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