The opening day of the new Premier League season is little more than six weeks away. And with the fixtures having been released earlier today, now seems likely a prime opportunity to speculate on a potential starting line-up.
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Last season’s 6-1 humiliation at the Britannia Stadium – a loss which Brendan Rodgers and co will desperately trying to avenge – saw us start with a 4-3-3 formation and that might be about the only thing that remains the same.
Sure, who knows how many other players we might sign this summer, or who might be injured as part of a pre-season campaign. This could all change again. Bur for now, here’s our guess at the team that might feature in the Stoke rematch:
GK) Simon Mignolet
Adam Bogdan has come in and that’s likely to be it in terms of our goalkeeping changes this summer. With Mignolet having finished last season strongly, he’s certain to start our next campaign as the undisputed number one, and logic tells you that the Hungarian is going to have to work very hard to change that.
RB) Nathaniel Clyne
We’re not usually one for speculating over new signings in these kind of pieces, which are meant to be as realistic as possible. However, with Javier Manquillo and Andre Wisdom currently the only right-sided defenders on our books, the new man – Clyne, or indeed someone else – is likely to start from the off.
CB) Martin Skrtel
The Slovakian remains the senior head in this defence and will surely remain one of the first names on this teamsheet next season. He was one of our standout performers once again during the previous campaign and he thoroughly deserves to keep his place.
CB) Mamadou Sakho
Sakho will go head-to-head with Dejan Lovren for the second and remaining place in this central defensive pairing, with Kolo Toure only likely to be serving as back-up. The Frenchman had the edge when fit last season and that’s unlikely to change over the course of the summer break.
LB) Alberto Moreno
We’re a bit short on full-backs all round at the moment, so with Jon Flanagan out for at least the start of the season, the Spaniard should comfortably keep his place in the side. He’ll be desperate to push on and fully establish himself in the team next season, proving his worth in the process.