We need defensive enforcements in central midfield, and Lucas will provide that. He’s not being loaned to Turkey, and can prove to Rodgers, in Henderson’s likely absence, that he’s a top backup option.
CM) Emre Can
We expect the German will come in as part of a like-for-like switch for captain Jordan Henderson, who is unlikely to start this evening following his injury issues against Bournemouth. He’ll be the deepest lying member of our midfielder but will hope that he can still get forward on occasion as well.
CM) James Milner
Milner will take the armband due to Henderson’s absence. It’ll be an important game for the former Manchester City man, in which he must prove his true value as a central midfield player, as he battles against the wealth of Arsenal’s talent in the centre of the park.