By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp should give Daniel Sturridge a chance to lead Liverpool’s attack against Crystal Palace on Saturday after his midweek heroics.
The 27-year-old forward scored twice to give Liverpool a 2-1 fourth round EFL Cup win against Tottenham, as well as sending a message to Klopp after being overlooked for the Merseyside giants’ league games this term.
Klopp has mostly favoured Brazilian star Roberto Firmino this season as his attacking spearhead, and it has paid off with the Reds’ number 11 scoring four goals.
However, Sturridge proved that his ability to hit the back of the net should be utilised against Alan Pardew’s Palace, as he showed a striker’s natural instinct to grab a brace.
With the inclusion of Sturridge, former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp would field an ultra-attacking front five that best makes use of his squad’s forward power.
To include Sturridge, Klopp should give Coutinho a slightly deeper role alongside captain Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana in midfield.
That will allow Firmino to move to the left of Liverpool’s attack, giving Sturridge his favoured position as a centre forward.
Elsewhere, Lorus Karius is expected to come in for Simon Mignolet in goal, with Klopp expected to revert his whole defence. The impressive Trent Alexander-Arnold will be replaced by Nathaniel Clyne, while Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and James Milner all come in.
Lallana, Coutinho and Henderson would all start, with Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum axed after each starting one of the last two matches.
Liverpool’s front three of Firmino, Sturrudge and speed merchant Sadio Mane will strike fear into the hearts of Palace’s defence as they look to win their seventh Premier League win of the season.
A win for Jurgen Klopp’s side could see them move to the summit of English football, as they sit on level points with Manchester City and Arsenal.
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