Liverpool expected 4-3-3 v Watford: Midfielder axed
By Matt Bullin
Jurgen Klopp is expected to make just one change to his side that take on Watford at Vicarage Road on Monday night.
Fit-again Adam Lallana is expected to return to the fold after almost two months out with a thigh problem, replacing fellow midfielder Lucas Leiva.
Daniel Sturridge is also likely to return to the playing squad after returning to training this week, but Divock Origi is expected to retain his place in the strikers role.
The back-five is expected to be the same as Simon Mignolet will hold onto the goalkeepers spot after an impressive few weeks in net.
Meanwhile James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip and Nathaniel Clyne are also likely to start, given there are no fresh injury concerns.
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Emre Can and Gini Wijnaldum are expected to continue in the centre of the park, alongside the returning Lallana.
The front three will also likely be unchanged as Philippe Coutinho will look to continue his impressive form, and Roberto Firmino will hope to improve on a disappointing performance last time out.
Origi will probably continue up top, despite string of poor displays, as it is unlikely Sturridge will be ready to start.
Sadio Mane, Jordan Henderson and Ragnar Klavan are all expected to miss out with long-term concerns.
If both Manchester sides win their matches on Sunday, Klopp’s Reds could have fallen out of the top four come Monday, but a win at Watford will restore Liverpool to the Champions League places.
In other Liverpool news, this 27-year-old could make a shock comeback next month according to a reliable journalist.