Mainstay axed as rookie starts in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible Liverpool XI to face Watford
COMMENT By Matt Bullin
Jurgen Klopp should freshen up his side with three changes and a reshuffle as they travel to Vicarage Road on Monday night to take on Watford.
After their disappointing 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out not may of the Reds equipped themselves well, especially the defence, who again conceded a poor goal from a corner.
Klopp should move James Milner into his preferred central midfield and recall Alberto Moreno to combat the Reds’ lack of width.
Milner’s shortcomings were highlighted against Palace, as although he was defensively solid, having a right-footed player at left-back hampered Liverpool’s attacks down the left – however Moreno is not particularly reliable, he is quick and a threat.
Nathaniel Clyne has also lacked spark in recent weeks, he has looked average at the back and listless going forward.
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By contrast rookie Trent Alexander-Arnold, 18, has impressed whenever he has been given an opportunity – so why not against Watford.
Roberto Firmino is wasted on the wing, so he should move into his preferred central role, and after several poor games Divock Origi should be dropped to the bench.
The fit-again Adam Lallana would be effective on the wing, replacing Firmino, completing Liverpool’s tenacious, hard working yet creative front three.
Philippe Coutinho of course should retain his spot on the left side, he is bang in-form and has four goals in his last five appearances.
Lucas Leiva misses out to accommodate for Moreno’s inclusion and Milner replaces him in midfield alongside Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum who retain their places.
Liverpool’s best centre back partnership is Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren despite their lapses last time out, so they should also start in front of the resurgent Simon Mignolet, who also retains his place.
In the latest Liverpool news, here is the Reds’ expected line up to face Watford.