By Dominic Toner
Jurgen Klopp is set to reshuffle the starting line-up for Liverpool’s EFL second-round tie against Burton.
Liverpool suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday and Klopp will be desperate for an immediate response.
Several of the club’s fringe players could be handed the opportunity to impress against Burton, with summer signings Joel Matip, Alex Manninger and Marko Grujic all in contention.
Klopp has revealed in his pre-match press conference that he will make changes but insisted it is “not likely” there will be wholesale changes, although he will be keen not to reveal too much to the opposition ahead of the game.
Klopp: “Of course we will make changes [for the game]. It’s not likely that we change seven or eight positions.” pic.twitter.com/66YhUtnbvr
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 22, 2016
Veteran goalkeeper Manninger could be handed his competitive debut for the club after being restricted to the substitutes bench behind current number one Simon Mignolet.
Left-back Alberto Moreno has endured a difficult start to the season and was replaced by the versatile James Milner against Burnley, but Klopp has protected the defender who has received much criticism and may give him the chance to redeem himself against Burton.
Matip is set to be the other defensive change as Klopp tries to find a settled back four who can improve the club’s recent difficulty of keeping clean sheets.
Midfield pairing Grujic and Emre Can could be deployed in the central midfield positions, with the latter expected to cement a place in the starting 11 after his return from injury.
The trio of Danny Ings, Divock Origi and Lazar Markovic will hope to be given a chance to prove their worth in the first-team set up, although young forward Origi failed to make an impact after replacing Daniel Sturridge against Burnley.
The club’s star player Philippe Coutinho could remain in the side and add some star quality to Klopp’s side, after scoring a brace in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Arsenal on the opening day of the season.
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