Rob Jones gives verdict on Liverpool selection dilemmas for Dortmund clash
By Coral Barry
Rob Jones believes Jurgen Klopp has a happy selection headache ahead of Liverpool’s Europa League showdown with Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.
Liverpool tore a lacklustre Stoke side to pieces on Sunday afternoon despite making seven changes to the side that faced Dortmund three days ago and Jones says the performances of Klopp’s fringe players have given him a lot to think about before deciding on his starting eleven this Thursday.
Unable to call upon central midfield pair Jordan Henderson and Emre Can, the Liverpool boss also left quintet Divock Origi, Philippe Coutinho, Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana on the substitute’s bench at Anfield on Sunday.
Daniel Sturridge, resorted to the starting X1, was back on the scoresheet against the Potters and will be hoping he will not be overlooked against Dortmund, but his replacement last Thursday Origi came on at half-time to bag two goals in just 20 minutes.
Joe Allen and Roberto Firmino also put in accomplished performances and Jones, who spent eight years at Liverpool as a right-back, is in confident mood ahead of Thursday night.
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Looking positive for Thursday .. Must be going into that game full of confidence and mr Klopp has lots of options ???????? @DivockOrigi ????
— Rob Jones (@RobjonesLFC2) April 10, 2016
Liverpool welcome Dortmund to Anfield with a vital away goal already in their pocket looking to be the first team to beat the Germans in competition this season.
The Merseysiders now have a number of options up front and at the back with several players returning from injury and rediscovering their form.
In other Liverpool news, Reds supporters reacted to Origi’s fabulous display against Stoke.