Confirmed Liverpool line-up: Strikers axed as Klopp rings the changes
By Matt Farr
Jurgen Klopp has made 10 changes to his Liverpool side to face Swansea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Simon Mignolet, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, Ragnar Klavan, Dejan Loven, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana all set come in to the starting line-up following the 1-0 victory over Plymouth in their FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Loris Karius, Alberto Moreno, Joe Gomez, Lucas Leiva, Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Stewart, Ovie Ejaria, Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi all drop out.
Philippe Coutinho is the only player who retains his place. Liverpool revealed their confirmed line-up on Twitter:
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 21, 2017
England international Nathaniel Clyne returns after missing the last two matches with a rib injury, while Joel Matip is also named on the bench after the dispute with the Cameroon national side was resolved.
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If things do not go to plan for Liverpool, Klopp does have the option of turning to either Sturridge or Origi, as both goalscorers are named on the bench.
Playing ahead of their rivals, Liverpool have the opportunity to move within just four points of league leaders Chelsea, and jump ahead of Tottenham into second.
They face a Swansea side that are languishing at the bottom of the table with just four wins from their opening 21 games.
In other Liverpool news, Mark Lawrenson has delivered his verdict on Steven Gerrard’s return to the club as academy coach.