Liverpool expected 4-3-2-1 v Middlesborough: 25-year-old misses crunch CL tie
By Aramide Oladipo
Liverpool will face Middlesborough at Anfield in the final game of the Premier League season and Jurgen Klopp is expected to name an unchanged line-up.
The Reds won their last league match against West Ham 4-0 at the London Stadium last weekend which means they’re in control of their own fate for Champions League qualification.
With such an emphatic result and a brilliant performance away from home, Jurgen Klopp should rely on the same XI to get the job done against already relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield.
As a result, Roberto Firmino, 25, will miss out on the final day action after Klopp told the club’s official website that the Brazilian was still struggling with an injury.
The Brazilian’s absence means that Daniel Sturridge is set to make his first Premier League start at Anfield since October when Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw against bitter rivals Manchester United.
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Sturridge opened the scoring last weekend at West Ham and he should be partnered up front with Divock Origi, who also found himself on the scoresheet at the London Stadium.
Philippe Coutinho was a player who really benefitted from the diamond formation used against the Hammers and was undoubtedly the best player on the pitch, scoring two quality goals in the second half.
Klopp is likely to stick with the same back five as Liverpool have picked up three consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time this season.
Emre Can will look to provide the defensive cover in the midfield allowing Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum to join the Liverpool attacks.
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