Liverpool expected 4-2-3-1 v Burnley: Klopp to make three changes
By Dominic Toner
Alberto Moreno is in line to be dropped from the side when Liverpool face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp has protected his 24-year-old defender after his performance against Arsenal caused huge criticism from pundits and fans, but the versatile James Milner could be set to replace him in the starting 11.
Daniel Sturridge is likely to return to spearhead the Liverpool attack and replace new signing Sadio Mane after he picked up a shoulder injury during a team training session at Melwood on Wednesday.
Klopp is expected to remain with the other nine players who delivered an opening day victory away at Arsenal, displaying their fluent attacking style in a 4-3 win.
Klopp has told the Echo that trio Emre Can, Divock Origi and Joel Matip were all late coming back to training, although he revealed they are in his thinking to make the line-up against Burnley.
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Can is Liverpool’s first choice central midfielder and is likely to replace one of Henderson or Wijnaldum in the middle of the pitch.
Simon Mignolet looks set to retain his position in goal, as the Reds new goalkeeper Loris Karius broke his hand during a pre-season match with Chelsea.
Milner looks set to slot into the back four, something he did against Barcelona in pre-season, with the rest of the back retaining their places from the Arsenal match.
Graeme Souness identified Alberto Moreno and Ragnar Klavan as the weakness in the Liverpool defence, but the latter will get the opportunity to redeem himself with Matip unlikely to start.
The midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana will keep their spots in the midfield area and will hope to dominate possession against recently promoted Burnley.
Man-of-the-match against Arsenal Philippe Coutinho will operate the left flank with team-mate Roberto Firmino on the right, whilst the English forward Sturridge will return through the centre.
Coutinho sparked a remarkable comeback against Arsenal with two stunning goals, the first a long-range free-kick which was curled precisely into the top corner.
Sturridge will be hopeful of overcoming his latest injury problem and aim to replicate his prolific Liverpool form to date, scoring 54 goals in just 92 appearances for the club.
In other Liverpool team news, Jordan Henderson has claimed that his team-mate can be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.