Brendan Rodgers will welcome back Jordon Ibe for this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion. The youngster missed our FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa, having already played in the competition for Derby.
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Reports from our official website have confirmed that Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva won’t be fit, although Adam Lallana could return to play some more, most likely from the substitutes bench.
Here’s the team we think Brendan Rodgers will go for…
GK) Simon Mignolet
At the risk of repeating ourselves, there really is no competition for the Belgian as things stand. While he wasn’t at his best against Villa, he’s done little wrong since the turn of the year and will, of course, keep his place.
RB) Glen Johnson
Only made the bench at Wembley but replaces Dejan Lovren here, with Emre Can moved into the middle. West Brom can definitely be got at down the flanks and Johnson’s extra pace and directness should help with that.
CB) Martin Skrtel
There are no question marks over the Slovakian’s place in the team right now – he’s arguably the least ‘droppable’ player that we have. With Mamadou Sakho still out, he’ll have his hands-full keeping his teammates in position.
CB) Emre Can
The German must be desperate to make the step-up to midfield but with Sakho sidelined he’s simply going to have to wait. Lovren struggled against Villa and will likely be returned to the bench, meaning Can moves inside.
LB) Alberto Moreno
With still no sign of Jose Enrique there is little competition for Moreno’s position. Jon Flanagan is back in training but will need time to work his way back to full-fitness. Like Johnson, he needs to work up and down the flank.