Sturridge axed in Klopp's 4-2-3-1: Liverpool best possible XI to face Man United
By Emma Sanders
Daniel Sturridge should be axed and German duo Emre Can and Loris Karius start in the best possible Liverpool XI to face Manchester United on Monday evening.
Due to an injury picked up during the international break, Georginio Wijnaldum is likely to be absent but Can offers an ideal replacement.
Holland international Wijnaldum came off after 60 minutes on Monday evening during his country’s 1-0 defeat against France and will therefore be unlikely to feature for the Reds.
Can, who played in the European Championship final for Germany, has made just three substitute first team appearances for Liverpool this season after an extended break then an injury, delayed his return to full fitness.
He impressed last season though, picking up the club’s Young Player of the Year award and will slot in comfortably alongside Jordan Henderson in a deep-lying midfield role.
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Henderson, who captained England on Tuesday evening, has been hugely impressive so far this season, topping the Premier League statistics for successful forward passes.
The midfielder’s already added a goal and an assist to the campaign and has provided excellent protection for the back four in his side’s high-pressing formation.
Sturridge’s struggles continue as he searches for top form but Roberto Firmino’s enjoying his brightest spell at Liverpool so far and should start as the lone striker.
The Brazilian scored in his country’s 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia and he’s already netted three league goals this season for the Reds.
Mignolet was dropped for the clash against Hull City and Karius has since retained his place in goal, despite a shaky debut performance.
The young keeper’s kicking is much more effective than Mignolet’s and Karius appears to be more commanding at set-pieces. Both could be crucial qualities brought into play against Manchester United.
Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren have begun to build a strong partnership at centre-back and the pair should retain their places in defence, as well as James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne.
In attack, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho keep their places behind Firmino and Adam Lallana should start as long as he is fully fit after picking up a minor injury in Liverpool’s victory against Swansea.
Liverpool’s attacking four have scored 12 goals between them in just seven appearances and have proven a formidable pressing forced off the ball.
In other Liverpool news, Klopp makes two changes in the Reds’ expected line-up versus Manchester United.