Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v Plymouth: Alexander-Arnold starts in nine changes
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool could make as many as nine changes for Wednesday’s FA Cup third-round replay against Plymouth.
The Merseyside club travel to Plymouth for a cup replay after a surprise goalless draw at Anfield against the League Two side.
The Reds earned a 1-1 draw away to Manchester United on Sunday and manager Jurgen Klopp is set to rotate his squad for the cup.
Loris Karius, Lucas, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno, Kevin Stewart, Ovie Ejaria, Ben Woodburn, Daniel Sturridge and Sheyi Ojo are set to come into the starting line-up.
Simon Mignolet, Dejan Lovren, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Adam Lallana are set to be rested.
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Klopp is set to keep Trent Alexander-Arnold and Emre Can in the side, but is likely to field a similar team that played in the disappointing draw in the first meeting with Plymouth.
Loris Karius is expected to be restored as the goalkeeper and will be keen to deliver a good performance to put pressure on team-mate Mignolet, who was fantastic in the draw with United.
Alexander-Arnold is set to be the only survivor in the defence and the 18-year-old filled in well for the injured Nathaniel Clyne at the weekend.
Gomez, Lucas and Moreno are set to complete the backline and will still feel they can force their way into the starting XI.
Can, Stewart and Ejaria are set to make up the midfield and the trio will be looking for a much better display than the one they showed against Plymouth.
The League Two side put in a stunning display at Anfield and fought the Premier League opposition all over the pitch, but Liverpool will be hoping to dominate possession this time around.
Ojo and Woodburn are set to get another chance to impress in the first-team and will be keen to open Klopp’s eye to their potential.
Meanwhile, Sturridge is set to spearhead the attack after losing his starting place to Origi against Untied and will be desperate to lay down a marker with a couple of goals.
In other Liverpool team news, Garth Crooks has named two of the club’s players in his team of the week.