18-year-old starts in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible XI to face Everton
By Emma Sanders
Trent Alexander-Arnold should start at right-back for Liverpool against Everton on Monday evening.
The 18-year-old academy star has been excellent for the Reds and picked up the man of the match award in his last appearance against Leeds two-and-a-half weeks ago.
As a scouser born and bred he would be raring to get out and face his Merseyside rivals and, given how impressive he has been in recent games, he should be handed the opportunity.
Nathaniel Clyne would be the man to make way and Liverpool should also drop midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum and play Roberto Firmino in the centre-forward role.
Emre Can was forced to sit out Wednesday’s 3-0 victory against Middlesbrough but Jurgen Klopp stated he was in a “pretty good way” on Friday morning so he should come back into the starting XI.
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Wijnaldum should be the midfielder to sit out in a straight swap which would see Can partner Jordan Henderson in central midfield.
Firmino was in excellent form at the start of the season playing through the middle so he should return to the number nine role and Divock Origi should move out wide.
The Belgian striker has scored five goals in his last five games and is in fantastic form but he is capable of providing a threat from out wide too because of his pace.
He should at least start on the left hand side of the attacking trio, with Sadio Mane taking up his usual position on the right, next to Firmino.
Adam Lallana is one of the most in-form players in the Premier League and he should definitely keep his place in midfield.
Joel Matip isn’t expected to be fit enough for the Merseyside derby so Ragnar Klavan should retain his place at centre-back alongside Dejan Lovren.
Simon Mignolet did well against Boro too so he should also keep his place ahead of Loris Karius.
In other Liverpool news, Jan Moltby believes this player will be a first team regular.