Academy trio start, midfielder axed in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible XI to face Bournemouth
By Emma Sanders
Liverpool should hand starts to Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold against Bournemouth in their next Premier League clash on Sunday.
Emre Can should also lose his place in the starting line-up to make way for the youngsters while Giorginio Wijnaldum returns to his position in the holding midfield role.
Woodburn became the youngest ever Liverpool goal-scorer when he netted against Leeds in the quarter-final of the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening and should start as part of a front three because Jurgen Klopp is without Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho, while Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana are major doubts.
The injury absentees have also made way for Ejaria, who has looked impressive in an attacking midfield role for the under-23s this season and could be in line to play his fifth senior match under Klopp.
Alexander-Arnold was named man of the match in his debut against Tottenham in the EFL Cup last month and was equally as impressive on Tuesday evening so deserves a league start ahead of Nathaniel Clyne.
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Youngsters Woodburn and Ejaria should link up in attacking roles with Divock Origi, who has scored two goals in his last two appearances, as well as Sadio Mane.
Wijnaldum should line up alongside Jordan Henderson in midfield, while Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip return to the heart of Liverpool’s defence.
Loris Karius has to return as number one in place of the error-prone Simon Mignolet, while James Milner adopts his familiar role at left-back to complete the side.
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