Klopp to make seven changes; Liverpool expected 4-2-3-1 v Bournemouth
PREVIEW By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp is set to ring the changes for the second consecutive weekend as he makes full use of his squad in the wake of the emotionally and physically draining triumph over Borussia Dortmund.
The Merseysiders travel to Bournemouth on Sunday and, with hopes of a top-four finish looking unlikely, a round of team changes are expected.
The German manager made seven changes for the emphatic win over Stoke last weekend as he rested key players and there will be another major turnover in personnel for Liverpool’s latest Premier League showdown.
Klopp could change the entire back six in front of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet following the sterling midweek performances of Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sahko and company.
With Emre Can joining Jordan Henderson in suffering a serious injury that could rule him out for the rest of the season, Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva can expect starting roles against Eddie Howe’s team.
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Further upfield, Daniel Sturridge is likely to spearhead the attack and the England international could be supplemented by Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, who were both substituted at the hour mark in the phenomenal win over Dortmund.
There is a possibility that Klopp’s selection could be partly determined by the results of the two Manchester clubs on Saturday, particularly the Champions League semi-finalists.
Should Man City fail to win at Chelsea, it could open the door for United, West Ham and Liverpool to land fourth spot.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side start the weekend four points clear of United in fifth and would be six points ahead of Klopp’s side even if they won their game in hand.
Liverpool (possible): Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Toure, Smith; Lucas, Allen; Lallana, Firmino, Milner; Sturridge.