Jurgen Klopp will be forced into one change this evening, and we think he’ll make another off his own back against Manchester United in the Europa League.
We head to Old Trafford with a 2-0 aggregate lead having played superbly at Anfield last time, so at the start of the week many assumed we’d simply field the same side…
That was: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno; Can, Henderson; Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino; Sturridge.
However, yesterday left-back Alberto Moreno limped out of training with what looked like a hamstring injury, and annoyingly – Jon Flanagan wasn’t registered for the Europa League – a serious error from the management.
This means that Brad Smith may come into the side for the biggest match of his fledgling career.
He should line up alongside the ever-improving central defensive pairing of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho, with stalwarts Simon Mignolet and Nathaniel Clyne making up the back five.
In midfield, with Lucas and Joe Allen crocked – Emre Can and Jordan Henderson will start in a central pivot. That much is pretty much guaranteed.
In attacking midfield, we’re predicting one change: James Milner in for Adam Lallana. Granted, the latter was superb last Thursday, but with Milner suspended domestically he won’t be able to play on Sunday against Southampton at St. Mary’s.
Klopp has rotated all season to maximise the freshness of his players, so it makes sense that the hardworking, more defensively minded Milner plays tonight with Lallana coming back at the weekend.
If we need goals tonight, Lallana will be available from the bench – but with a two goal deficit Milner’s stability on the wing could be handy.
Coutinho and the in-form Roberto Firmino are certainties to make up the attacking midfield triumvirate.
Up top, Daniel Sturridge is a sure thing, although it’ll be interesting to see how many minutes Klopp chooses to give him.
What d’you think Reds? Can this side confirm our progression into the Last 8 tonight…?