PREVIEW By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Liverpool are set to recall their big guns for Wednesday night’s Premier League clash against Chelsea after most were rested at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp made eight changes for Sunday’s 2-0 win over Watford and a similar number can be expected for the Merseysiders’ penultimate league match of the season.
The best Liverpool can hope for is a fifth-placed league finish, although that would depend upon Manchester United and West Ham losing their final matches of their campaigns on Sunday.
Nevertheless, there are still likely to be one or two places up for grabs as Klopp defines his starting X1 for the Europa League final in seven days.
The manager’s selections over the last six weeks have taken on a distinct pattern; the strongest side has been selected for midweek matches, with most of the A-list players rested for the weekend fixtures.
That is likely to be the case once again for the Chelsea match, as those expected to start in Switzerland are given a breather on Sunday ahead of the club’s most important match of the season.
Daniel Sturridge is set to return to spearhead the attack, with Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana set to start in attacking midfield and two of Emre Can, James Milner and Joe Allen to play behind the holy trinity.
It is expected that Kolo Toure will once again partner Dejan Lovren at centre-back, given the continuing difficulties of Martin Skrtel.
Alberto Moreno started against Watford as his deputy Brad Smith was unavailable, so there is a possibility he could be rested against Chelsea.
Liverpool (possible): Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno; Can, Milner; Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge.