OPINION By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp is likely to make only minor tweaks to his team for the biggest match of his four-month Liverpool reign.
Sunday’s League Cup final against favourites Manchester City offers the Merseysiders the chance to win their first trophy since Kenny Dalglish’s side won the same competition in 2012.
Klopp’s preparations for Wembley have been aided by the rare luxury of having almost a fully fit squad to choose from.
Adam Lallana, Martin Skrtel, Joe Allena and Dejan Lovren all trained on Friday but they are unlikely to be rushed back into a starting line-up that has been revitalised by the recent returns of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool have not conceded a goal in their last three games, albeit against the relatively mediocre opposition of Augsburg and Aston Villa.
Lucas replaced Kolo Toure in central defence for the second leg of the Europa League tie against Augsburg on Thursday, but the veteran centre-back could return for Sunday’s clash against his former club.
Further up the pitch, Klopp is likely to persist with a central midfield three of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson and James Milner, supplemented by the club’s best three attackers, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho.
Some of the combination play from the holy trinity against Augsburg on Thursday was outstanding, particularly in the first half.
Sturridge’s presence allows playmakers Coutinho and Firmino to play facing the goal rather than with their back to it.
Liverpool 4-3-3 (strongest possible): Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Sakho, Moreno; Milner, Can, Henderson; Firmino, Sturridge, Coutinho