Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v Sunderland: Attacker starts, midfielder misses out
By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp is expected to make one change to the side which defeated Manchester City 1-0 on New Year’s Eve when they face Sunderland in their first clash of 2017.
Divock Origi is expected to replace Jordan Henderson in the starting XI after the captain picked up a slight injury in the victory at Anfield.
Henderson should be omitted from midfield, but Emre Can and Giorginio Wijnaldum are expected to retain their places after lining up together on Saturday.
They will both be forced to play in the deeper role in Henderson’s absence though so Adam Lallana is likely to return to his advanced role in midfield.
Origi is expected to return up front, while Daniel Sturridge remains on the bench.
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That means Roberto Firmino could play in the wide attacking role alongside Sadio Mane who is set to leave Merseyside to join up with the Senegal squad for the Africa Cup of Nations soon.
There are no changes expected to be made in defence as Klopp is likely to name centre-back duo Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren as his preferred pairing for the fourth game in a row.
Joel Matip is not expected to feature through injury. James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne are the two full-backs to complete the defence.
Simon Mignolet is expected to start in goal ahead of Loris Karius.
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