Despite the arrival of the much-heralded German tactician, Jurgen Klopp to Anfield, Liverpool haven’t seen much changes in terms of results after 3 games. 2 League games, 1 Europe game, 3 draws – not the best thus far, but with Bournemouth coming up next in the League Cup midweek, that first win in as many as 5 games looks inevitable. The newly-promoted side have had their worst run in recent games, and it could continue against the Reds. With a crucial game against Chelsea ahead, Klopp is going to give some first team players rest and some, match fitness. Here is what a 4-2-3-1 formation likely to be deployed might look like:
Bogdan has had not much first team action with Mignolet preferred in goal for the Premier and Champions Leagues. He will be given the starting berth today in order to rest the Belgium international.
Randall could be making his debut under Klopp with Nathaniel Clyne rested ahead of the Chelsea game.
Toure should be returning to the middle of the defence to pair with Skrtel as Sakho, who is very much needed for weekend’s game rested.
Skrtel and Moreno will likely be given the berth to man the central half and left wing respectively.
With Milner suspended and Emre Can largely unable to find his rhythm, Chrivella will be best suited to pair Lucas just in front of the defenders.
Coutinho and Lallana haven’t been able to perform up to the required level, and they are likely to be dropped in order to get much-needed rest for the Blues’ game. Brannagan could come into action as he is able to play either sides of the midfield. Portuguese youngster, Teixeira has had limited minutes this season. With the creativity he possesses, he will no doubt be a good addition to the starting lineup today. Firmino needs to regain full match fitness before the Chelsea match, and could start to the game and eventually get withdrawn later on.
Christian Benteke proved the eventual difference last game when he grabbed the goal via a fine header when brought in to replace Origi. He will no doubt lead the attack when the Pensioners visit, but could well do so for few minutes against Bournemouth.