Confirmed Liverpool line-up v Man United: Klopp makes two changes
By Alex Stevens
Daniel Sturridge and Emre Can have been recalled to the Liverpool team for Monday night’s showdown against Manchester United at Anfield.
Striker Sturridge and midfielder Can replace Adam Lallana and Georgino Wijnaldum in the team that beat Swansea 2-1 before the international break.
Lallana was pictured arriving at Anfield with the rest of the squad earlier on Monday but Klopp has taken no risks with the attacking midielder, who broke down in the first half against Swansea with a groin injury.
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Wijnaldum sustained a hip injury during the international break while playing for Holland against France and is also deemed not fit enough to start against United.
Klopp has decided to tweak his formation by starting with an authentic centre-forward for the first time since the 2-1 win over Chelsea on 16 September.
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Roberto Firmino will drop back into a playmaker role and will be flanked by Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane, with Jordan Henderson and Can in central midfield.
In defence, Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner flank Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren, while Loris Karius keeps his place in goal ahead of Simon Mignolet.
Sturridge is yet to score in six league appearances this season, three of which he has started, although he has scored twice in the League Cup.
Can’s only start for Liverpool this season has come in the League Cup hammering of Burton, with all three of his Premier League appearances coming as a substitute.
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