COMMENT By Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp is not afraid to be ruthless when it comes to the composition of the Liverpool team.
The German should once again swing the axe for Saturday’s Premier League showdown against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
After Daniel Sturridge and Simon Mignolet were dumped last weekend, the player on the receiving end this time should be skipper Jordan Henderson.
The big-name trio all started the notable 2-1 win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and Henderson was the only one of the three who kept his place for last Saturday’s demolition of Hull.
Henderson has recently demonstrated the form which supporters feel he should produce more often given his status as the team’s leader and midfield kingpin.
But, in reality, it is Emre Can who is the highest calibre midfielder than Klopp can call upon.
The Germany international has had a frustrating start to the season after picking up an ankle injury that has prevented him from starting any of the team’s six league matches to date.
But he came on as a second-half substitute in the recent wins over Hull and Championship side Derby and demonstrated that he is fully fit and ready to finally be given a run in the team.
It should be the quietly impressive Georgino Wijnaldum selected to partner Can in central midfield against Swansea.
The Dutchman has not set the world alight this season, but he has demonstrated in an unshowy way why Joe Allen has not been missed followed his summer exit to Stoke.
That would mean Henderson would miss out and, while some may consider him unfortunate, his absence would not weaken the team.
Further back in the team, Klopp should start with the same back four who impressed at Chelsea, where Joel Matip made the first of four super-smooth Premier League starts in a highly impressive start to Liverpool career.
In goal, Loris Karus must again be given a chance to make the No1 jersey his own after quietly impressing on his first two starts for the club.
With Roberto Firmino one of the first names on the teamsheet, the front three pick themselves in the 4-3-3 formation Klopp has favoured this season.
The Brazilian is not an authentic spearhead in the mould of Sturridge or Divock Origi but this is more than compensated for by his technical ability, sharp mind and prodigious work-rate.
In other Liverpool team news, Henderson has claimed that his team-mate can be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.