COMMENT By Matt Farr
Liverpool should hand a starting role to young midfielder Marko Grujic when they take on Bournemouth at Anfield on Wednesday.
Grujic has faced an agonising wait for a chance in the first team because of injury, but was back in the matchday squad during the recent 3-1 win over Everton on Sunday.
But the central midfield enforcer should be handed his first Premier League appearance since September in place of Lucas Leiva in Liverpool’s three-man engine room.
Divock Origi should also be named in the starting eleven, with star attacker Sadio Mane expected to miss out through injury.
As many as nine players should retain their places in Klopp’s starting eleven against Bournemouth.
Grujic, 20, was Klopp’s very first signing as Liverpool manager, so evidently he rates him very highly. He might be short of full match fitness, but he could certainly do no worse than Lucas in a deep-lying midfield role.
Klopp has been forced to consider his options with two key midfielders Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana sidelined with injury, but he should hand a rare opportunity to one of the club’s most exciting youngsters in their absence.
With excellent composure, good positional knowledge and passing ability, he should complement Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum well in a midfield three.
Origi, meanwhile, should be at the front of the queue to replace the injured Mane in the attack. He has seen his action limited of late, but came off the bench to score a third goal for Liverpool against Everton.
He will be determined to make his case for regular starting berth over the final few weeks by finding the back of the net against Bournemouth.
Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Nathaniel Clyne, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino should also retain their places in the Liverpool starting eleven.
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