Liverpool XI v Bordeaux named – Christian Benteke starts up top

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Paul Joyce from the Express has named the Liverpool side which will take the field to face Bordeaux this evening in the Europa League. He’s a respected Merseyside journalist, and we’ve no reason to believe he’s wrong.

Here’s the side he claims is taking the field, along with a few of our thoughts:

GK) Simon Mignolet

Starts in Europe ahead of Adam Bogdan.

DR) Nathaniel Clyne

A win’s needed, so Clyne and not youngster Connor Randall is starting, sensibly.

DL) Alberto Moreno

Jose Enrique isn’t ready for first team duties yet, meaning Moreno continues on the left.

DC) Kolo Toure

Martin Skrtel’s ill, meaning Toure will cover for him in his and Mamadou Sakho’s absence.

DC) Dejan Lovren

Lovren will look to put in another strong performance after his positive Etihad outing.

Dejan Lovren, Jurgen Klopp

DMC) Lucas

Suspended for the Swansea game, so will start at Anfield against the French.

MC) Joe Allen

It makes sense to tune the Welshman who will surely start as anchorman at the weekend in Lucas’s absence. Emre Can will get a rest.

AMR) Jordon Ibe

Will stretch Bordeaux with his pace and power on the flank, and look to score his second goal of this season’s competition.

Klopp & Ibe

AMC) Roberto Firmino

Coutinho’s not fit to start meaning the Brazilian will take up a free role in the final third, looking to link up Ibe and Benteke as much as possible – much like he did with Lallana and Coutinho versus City.

AML) James Milner

Adam Lallana’s played heavily recently, and could do with a break ahead of the weekend perhaps. Milner can do a patrolling job on either flank.

FC) Christian Benteke

The Belgian powerhouse will lead the line, making his first start since the Crystal Palace defeat. Daniel Sturridge will surely get a run out from the bench.

Christian Benteke 7