Liverpool are on the back of a 1-0 win versus Leicester City, and with the team putting in our best performance for a number of weeks, Jurgen Klopp is likely to select a similar XI.
The back five (including ‘keeper) picks itself, for us.
Simon Mignolet between the sticks, with Nathaniel Clyne, Alberto Moreno, Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho in defence. Martin Skrtel is still crocked, meaning the Frenchman and the Croat will continue their blossoming partnership.
It’s less easy to predict the midfield, as Klopp could either use a 4-3-3 with three central midfielders or stick with the 4-4-2 that worked so well on Boxing Day. If he goes with the former, Lucas should return to the side with Emre Can and Jordan Henderson ahead of him. We think Klopp should take a risk though and just use those latter two together, enabling us more firepower up front.
This means Coutinho and Adam Lallana will have to start wide, which although doesn’t naturally suit them, helps our shape and width.
With Divock Origi injured and Klopp refusing to rush Daniel Sturridge back, Christian Benteke will surely play up top – having bagged the winner against Leicester and recently receiving public backing from his manager.
This means Roberto Firmino continuing in the second striker role, after assisting Benteke’s goal last time out.
Jordon Ibe should provide the main attacking option from the bench, returning from illness.