By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp has made eight changes to his side as Liverpool take on Swansea at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League.
Only Dejan Lovren, Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne keep their place in the team, while Daniel Sturridge is restored to the line-up after spending Liverpool’s previous match against Villarreal watching from the bench.
Liverpool face Villarreal on Thursday night in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final and Klopp has once again rung the changes in the league to ensure his best players are fit and firing for the crucial European fixture.
Pedro Chirivella becomes the latest Liverpool academy graduate to be handed his full league debut by Klopp and the 18-year-old will start alongside fellow youngsters Brad Smith, Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart.
Klopp has turned to the wealth of academy stars Liverpool possess in recent months, as his senior players focus on the Europa League, and so far his young guns have yet to disappoint, with three wins and a draw in the last four league matches.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) May 1, 2016
After an excellent game against Villarreal, Simon Mignolet has been given a rest with his number two Danny Ward stepping in to replace him.
Ward, 22, featured for Liverpool in the 2-1 victory over Bournemouth on April 17 and will be eager to shake off some of the nerves he showed in that game.
In other Liverpool news, one Reds youngster yet to make his debut has been likened to Dele Alli.