By Will Butcher
Jurgen Klopp should axe Roberto Firmino from his Liverpool starting eleven in nine changes made to face Swansea on Saturday.
The 25-year-old forward has scored just once in 10 league appearances for the Merseyside giants, as his form in front of goal coincides with the Reds shaky recent form.
Just one win in their last five games (against League Two opposition) should see Klopp have a re-think. Only Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge should retain their place from Wednesday night’s 1-0 win against Plymouth.
That means Loris Karius, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Lucas Leiva, Alberto Moreno, Kevin Stewart, Ovie Ejaria, Ben Woodburn and Divock Origi drop out to face Swansea.
In come Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana.
England international Clyne should be risked at right-back in place of Alexander-Arnold as he looks to recover from a rib injury that is also affecting his abdominal area.
Sturridge retains his place from Wednesday night in place of Brazil international Firmino, while Coutinho makes his first league start since November after returning from an ankle injury.
Former Sunderland stopper Mignolet retains his place in between the sticks, after returning to the side in sparkling form with clean sheets against Man City, Everton and Middlesbrough.
Lovren and Klavan were in fantastic form at the heart of Klopp’s defence against Man United on Sunday, and they will be hoping to replicate that against Paul Clement’s Swans.
Milner resumes his role as left-back this season in place of Moreno, while captain fantastic Henderson will be looking to maintain his excellent work at the base of the Reds’ midfield.
Despite concerns over his recent performances, Germany international Can should be given a chance against Swansea alongside summer signing Wijnaldum.
Coutinho will move into attack, while Lallana will be looking to connect with England teammate Sturridge to fire Liverpool to three points.
A win against the struggling Welsh outfit could see the Reds move to within four points of Premier League leaders Chelsea, if Antonio Conte’s side are beaten by Hull City.
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