By Emma Sanders
Liverpool must play Roberto Firmino as a centre-forward and Jurgen Klopp should start Giorginio Wijnaldum and Simon Mignolet against Middlesbrough.
Divock Origi should not be dropped from the starting XI but he should move out wide to allow Firmino to play in his best position through the middle.
The Brazilian is less effective out wide and he can cause more damage as a false number nine, while Origi can still provide a threat out wide because of his pace and power.
Wijnaldum should start as a holding midfielder ahead of Emre Can despite the German expecting to return to the squad after being forced to sit out the draw against West Ham through injury.
Mignolet should also come in as a replacement for the struggling Loris Karius after the keeper came under further criticism following his display against the Hammers.
Karius’ Liverpool career has not started very brightly and the 23-year-old must be taken out of the firing line before his confidence is blown.
Alongside Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson is the obvious choice to start in midfield and Adam Lallana should play in an advanced role through the middle.
Origi and Firmino should be joined in attack by Sadio Mane and Liverpool’s back four should remain unchanged, assuming Dejan Lovren will be fit enough to start after coming off at half-time on Sunday with a suspected knock.
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