Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v Stoke: Defender axed in one change
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool are expected to make one change for their Premier League clash against Stoke on Saturday
The Reds travel to the Britannia Stadium and will be looking to consolidate their position in the top-four places.
Jurgen Klopp is set to make one alteration from the team that drew with Bournemouth 2-2 during their last game.
Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan is set to drop out, while Joel Matip is expected to come into the side.
The Merseyside club are are third-placed in the league table and are six points above Arsenal in fifth, but they have played a game in extra.
Simon Mingolet is set to continue in goal and will be disappointed after conceding two in his last match.
Meanwhile, the Reds’ strongest backline is set to be resumed as Matip partners Dejan Lovren at centre-back, with Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner in the full-back positions.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas is set to retain his spot with Adam Lallan out injured and played alongside Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum.
Attackers Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino are expected to lead the line and will look to punish a Stoke side have lost their last three consecutive games.
Coutinho and Origi were both on the scoresheet in the Bournemouth draw and will be looking continue their good form.
In other Liverpool team news, Paul Merson has predicted the league clash against Stoke.