Milner in midfield, 22-year-old axed in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible XI v Sunderland
By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp should make two changes to the side which defeated Manchester City when they travel to the Stadium of Light to take on Sunderland on Monday evening.
Emre Can and Jordan Henderson should be left out of the squad while Alberto Moreno and Divock Origi start.
The skipper picked up an injury in the win at Anfield on Monday and should not be risked so Milner should start in midfield in order to provide defensive cover.
Henderson is usually the player who acts as the engine in midfield, breaking up play and providing cover for the back four but Milner should be the man to replace him in that role.
It means Moreno would come into the side as a risky left-back and Origi would replace Can in the starting XI.
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The 22-year-old German started alongside Wijnaldum and Henderson against City but Adam Lallana should return to his usual advanced role in midfield, meaning there is no room for Can.
Origi should start up front which means Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane should both play as wide attackers in a front three.
Apart from Moreno, there should be no new additions in defence and Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren should both retain their places at centre-back.
The pair have now started four games in a row in Joel Matip’s absence and they have produced solid performances.
Nathaniel Clyne should be the player who starts at right-back while Simon Mignolet completes the team by starting in goal.
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