Liverpool team v Villarreal released: Klopp benches Sturridge, plays Firmino as false 9

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Jurgen Klopp is without suspended Mamaduo Sakho and the injured trio of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and Divock Origi tonight, so in many ways, his Europa League semi-final team picked itself.

Or at least we thought it did…

Simon Mignolet naturally starts between the sticks, with regular fullbacks Nathaniel Clyne and Alberto Moreno flanking Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure, instead of Martin Skrtel, at centre-back.

In midfield, James Milner, Lucas and Joe Allen form a trio, meaning there’s one less spot for the normal front four.

Adam Lallana and Coutinho start in attacking midfield, but with Roberto Firmino leading the line and not Daniel Sturridge.

With Origi out, the German’s gone for pressing and work-rate rather than pure finishing, with Christian Benteke on the bench for the first time in nearly a month as well.

The #LFC squad for tonight’s @EuropaLeague clash with @VillarrealCF in full