By Matt Farr
Jurgen Klopp is expected to make just one change to his Liverpool starting eleven to face Bournemouth in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Sadio Mane is set to miss out through injury, allowing 21-year-old attacker Divock Origi to return to the side and lead the line for Liverpool against the Cherries.
But aside form the enforced change, Klopp is not likely to make any further changes to his side following the impressive 3-1 win over Everton in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.
That will see as many as ten players retain their places in the starting eleven against Bournemouth.
Liverpool’s defence has come under tremendous scrutiny this season, but they have shown rare signs of improvement in recent weeks.
The return of Dejan Lovren to the side ahead of the Everton game was a major boost for Klopp, and he will expect his back five to pick up where they left last time out.
That means Simon Mignolet is likely to continue in between the sticks, with Lovren and Matip – Liverpool’s most consistent central pairing – in front, flanked by attacking full backs James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne.
Lucas Leiva is also likely to retain his place in a defensive midfield role, in the continued absence of Jordan Henderson, who remains a fitness doubt for the game.
Henderson was initially pencilled in to return against Everton, but having failed to return to training before the clash, remains sidelined.
Much-maligned midfield duo Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum are also expected to continue, having both shrugged of criticism to shine in recent weeks.
The absence of Mane in the attacking trio is likely to see Roberto Firmino revert to a wider role on the right-hand side, with the returning Origi deployed as the centre forward.
Philippe Coutinho will operate on the left as per usual, having played a starring role in Liverpool’s derby victory over Everton.
A win for Liverpool could send them level on points with second-placed Tottenham, who are in action against relegation-threatened Swansea.
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