Liverpool expected 4-2-3-1 to face West Brom: Attacking duo return
By Matt Farr
Jurgen Klopp is expected to make just two changes to his Liverpool side to face West Brom in the Premier League on Sunday.
Brazilian attacking duo Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino is likely to be welcomed back into the Liverpool starting eleven, having started on the bench against Stoke last time out.
But the pair sparked an impressive comeback off the bench to overturn a one-goal deficit and seal a 2-1 victory for the Reds, and Klopp is likely to reinstate them to their rightful roles.
That means Ragnar Klavan and Trent Alexander-Arnold could miss out, with Klopp reverting to a more familiar 4-2-3-1 style.
Nine players will therefore keep their places in the Liverpool starting eleven, including youngster Ben Woodburn, who was withdrawn at half-time against Stoke.
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Simon Mignolet is almost certain to retain the No.1 jersey for Liverpool, after putting in a man-of-the-match display against Stoke, and earning high praise from his manager.
But there could be a shake-up of personnel in front of him, with James Milner reverting back to the left-back role he has been deployed in for much of the season, which means Nathaniel Clyne will move back to the right.
The potential absence of Klavan, meanwhile, means Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren are likely to form the central-defensive pairing.
In the midfield, the continued absence of injured duo Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana means Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum are also likely to continue.
Lucas Leiva remains an option up Klopp’s sleeve, as is youngster Marko Grujic, but the Liverpool chief is expected to persist with his strongest partnership.
Coutinho and Firmino will likely take up their more familiar roles in the Liverpool attack, but Woodburn may operate on the left-hand side of the attacking trio with Sadio Mane also absent.
That leaves Divock Origi as Liverpool’s leading man, with the 21-year-old looking to score his third Premier League goal in four appearances.
Liverpool can tighten their grip on a potential top four place, as well as qualification for the Champions League, with a victory over high-flying West Brom at the Hawthorns.
West Brom’s recent win over Arsenal on their home turf will be etched in the memory, but Liverpool will be keen to set any doubts aside and record their fourth victory in six league games.
In other Liverpool team news, Klopp has revealed when Henderson and Lallana could return for Liverpool.