Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v Hull: Midfielder axed as Can starts
COMMENT By Alex Stevens
Given Liverpool’s demolition of Hull, the obvious move by Jurgen Klopp would be to stick with the players who had contributed to such a notable triumph for Saturday’s Premier League clash against Swansea.
However, the Merseysiders’ manager could make two changes to the side that was victorious at Anfield.
Dejan Lovren is likely to replace Ragnar Klavan in the starting XI if he is deemed to have recovered from the illness that sidelined him in the 5-1 triumph over Hull.
More intriguingly, Emre Can could make his first Premier League start of the season after being gradually assimilated back into the team in the last two matches.
The Germany international has had substitute appearances after overcoming the ankle problems that afflicted him earlier in the season and Jurgen Klopp could now deem it the ideal time to select the player widely regarded as Liverpool’s outstanding central midfielder.
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This would mean the axe for one of Georginio Wijnaldum or Jordan Henderson, who have struck up an increasingly impressive alliance in recent weeks.
Given Henderson’ fine recent form, the Dutchman could become the latest unfortunate victim of the strength in depth at Anfield.
Wijnaldum could be joined on the bench by Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi at the Liberty Stadium as the authentic striker pair once again struggle to break into the starting XI.
This would allow the technically excellent and nimble quartet of Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane to all be in the line up at the weekend.
In addition to the two spearheads, Klopp is set to once again start Loris Karius in goal after selecting him ahead of Simon Mignolet last weekend.
The summer signing from Mainz impressed on his first two Liverpool starts last week, displaying the kind of footwork and poise that Mignolet has demonstrated time and again he is just not capable of.
In front of the goalkeeper, Klopp is likely to start with the same back four who impressed at Chelsea, where Joel Matip made the third of four hugely promising Premier League starts.
In other Liverpool team news, a defender has signed a two-year contract.