Confirmed line-ups: Klopp makes seven Liverpool changes for Stoke clash
By Coral Barry
Jurgen Klopp has made a string of changes for the Liverpool’s Premier League showdown with Stoke on Sunday.
Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Adam Lallana all drop to the bench with Jordan Henderson ruled out for the remainder of the season through a knee injury and Emre Can beginning the first of his two match suspension.
Star attacker Roberto Firmino makes his return to the starting eleven after coming on as a late replacement against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.
Youngsters Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart have been handed their first ever Premier League starts by Klopp with Liverpool set to welcome Dortmund to Anfield in the return leg of their Europa League quarter final on Thursday.
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Stewart gets the nod ahead of the benched Lucas Leiva who is still a way off full fitness and the 22-year-old will look to impress Klopp after signing a contract extension in February.
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Another man who has been given the chance to redeem himself is Daniel Sturridge who is restored to the starting eleven after being dropped in favour of Origi against Dortmund last Thursday.
The Englishman put in a disappointing display against Tottenham a week ago in the league, but will have the opportunity to play his way into Klopp’s thinking ahead of the Dortmund clash.
In other Liverpool news, Dortmund themselves have made their intentions clear ahead of the second leg.