2 players axed in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible XI v Middlesborough
COMMENT By Aramide Oladipo
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp needs to make two changes if he is going to play his best possible starting lineup against Middlesborough at Anfield on the final day of the Premier League season.
Despite putting in some admirable performances throughout the campaign, 31-year-old James Milner should be omitted from the starting eleven and he should be replaced by Spaniard Alberto Moreno.
Not only is the 24-year-old a natural fullback, but Middlesborough are likely to go with pace up front with former Barcelona and Aston Villa winger Adama Traore set to start.
Milner has struggled to deal with pace on several occasions throughout the season and he was especially badly exposed when Liverpool were beaten 4-3 at Bournemouth earlier on in the season as winger Ryan Fraser gave him a torrid time.
Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino is facing a late fitness test ahead of the game on Sunday but he must start if Klopp is keen on fielding his best possible XI.
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This would mean that Daniel Sturridge would miss out on a place despite being one of Liverpool’s best performers last weekend against West Ham.
Klopp would need to change from a diamond formation to a traditional 4-3-3 as it allows players such as Adam Lallana and Divock Origi to push higher up the pitch and press the Middlesborough defence who are normally comfortable on the ball.
Liverpool will guarantee a place in the top four with a win over the relegated side at Anfield at the expense of Arsenal.
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