Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v Middlesbrough: Summer signings axed
By Emma Sanders
Liverpool could make two changes to the starting XI which will face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium in the Premier League on Wednesday evening.
Loris Karius and Giorginio Wijnaldum are in line to be axed, while Emre Can and Simon Mignolet return to the starting line-up.
Jurgen Klopp may opt to take Karius out of the firing line after the 23-year-old has come under huge criticism for his performances in goal.
The keeper was deemed to be at fault for both goals in Sunday’s disappointing 2-2 draw against West Ham and he made a costly mistake in the late 4-3 defeat against Bournemouth.
Mignolet is expected to be handed the number one role back while Can should come back into the side as a holding midfielder because injury ruled him out of Sunday’s fixture.
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Wijnaldum has featured regularly since his summer switch from Newcastle but Klopp has preffered Can alongside Jordan Henderson in recent weeks and he’s likely to bring him back into the side.
Adam Lallana should also start in midfield while James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne retain their positions at full-back.
Joel Matip should start at centre-back and his usual partner, Dejan Lovren is expected to retain his position despite being forced off with an injury at half-time in the draw against West Ham.
Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane are all expected to keep their places in attack too.
In other Liverpool news, this is why Philippe Coutinho’s injury has made way for Origi.