Striker duo to start in Klopp 4-3-3: Best Liverpool XI to face Burton Albion
By Harvey Byrne
Jurgen Klopp is set to reshuffle the starting line-up for Liverpool’s EFL second-round tie against Burton on Tuesday.
Liverpool suffered a shock 2-0 defeat to Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday and Klopp will be desperate for an immediate response.
Striker duo Divock Origi and Danny Ings could be set for their first starts for the Reds this season.
The Belgian attacker has came on as a substitute in both of the Liverpool’s matches in the new campaign, while Ings has been left out while recovering from injury. This game might come too soon for him, but if fit it would be an ideal opportunity to help him rebuild his match fitness.
Several of the club’s fringe players could be handed the opportunity to impress against Burton, with summer signings Joel Matip, Alex Manninger and Marko Grujic all in contention.
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Veteran goalkeeper Manninger could be handed his competitive debut for the club after being restricted to the bench behind current number one Simon Mignolet.
Left-back Alberto Moreno has endured a difficult start to the season and was replaced by the versatile James Milner against Burnley, but Klopp has protected the defender who has received much criticism and may give him the chance to redeem himself against Burton Albion.
Youngster Connor Randall will join Matip, Dejan Lovren and Moreno in defence, as Klopp looks to keep his back four fresh with a big Premier League clash against Tottenham coming up in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Midfield trio Grujic, Lazar Markovic and Emre Can will offer a shield ahead of the Reds’ defence, as well as posing a threat to the opposition when on the ball.
Meanwhile, star man, Philippe Coutinho may remain in the side following the weekend’s defeat because of injuries picked up by Sadio Mane and youngster Sheyi Ojo.
Burton Albion have had a mixed start to their campaign in the Championship, scoring 12 goals in their opening five matches and conceding 11. They’ve won two, lost two and drawn one so far in five competitive games.
This will be the first time the newly-promoted side has faced Liverpool competitively.
In other Liverpool team news, the Reds are looking to send Mamadou Sakho out on loan to help the centre-back regain form and fitness.