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How A Rotated Liverpool Side Could Line Up Against Sunderland

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool and Emre Can of Liverpool celebrate victory during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on December 31, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Liverpool face their second match in less than 48 hours when they travel to relegation-threatened Sunderland on Monday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side ground out an important 1-0 win against Manchester City on Saturday, but they will be strong favourites as they take on a Sunderland side still smarting from a 4-1 defeat to Burnley at the weekend.

With such a short turnaround between games, Klopp has suggested that changes will be made. Indeed, it seems likely that captain Jordan Henderson will not be involved having come off with a heel injury against Man City, while Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi will both be raring to go against David Moyes’ injury-ravaged outfit.

To that end, expect some alterations as the Reds look to keep up in the race to catch Chelsea at the top.

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Goalkeeper:

Simon Mignolet

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 31:  Simon Mignolet of Liverpool warms up during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Manchester City at Anfield on December 31, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

With just one goal conceded in the four games since the Belgian’s recall, Mignolet looks to have seen off Loris Karius in the battle for the number one shirt for the time being. That is unlikely to change on Monday, though Karius will probably start in the FA Cup tie at home to Plymouth next weekend.

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Defenders:

Right-Back: Trent Alexander-Arnold

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool celebrates his goal during the Liverpool v Sunderland Premier League 2 match on September 25, 2016 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Centre-Back: Dejan Lovren

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Dejan Lovren of Liverpool in action during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Sunderland at Anfield on November 26, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Centre-Back: Ragnar Klavan

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29:  Souleymane Doukara of Leeds United is watched by Ragnar Klavan of Liverpool during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Left-Back: Alberto Moreno

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: Alberto Moreno of Liverpool (L) and Joshua Onomah of Tottenaham Hotspur (R) battle for possession during the EFL Cup fourth round match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on October 25, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

With Joel Matip still injured, Klopp is unlikely to break up the Klavan-Lovren axis by bringing in Lucas Leiva, nor should he. The pair have looked very impressive in recent weeks and should be fine to compete again so soon after Saturday evening.

The full-backs, however, could be a different story. Klopp’s wide defenders tend to cover a lot of ground on the flanks, so neither Clyne nor Milner may be at 100%. Therefore, there may be a first Premier League start for young Trent Alexander-Arnold, as well as Alberto Moreno’s first league start since October.

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Midfielders:

Holding Midfielder: Emre Can

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29:  Emre Can of Liverpool takes on Ronaldo Vieira of Leeds United during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool and Leeds United at Anfield on November 29, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Centre Midfield: Gini Wijnaldum

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 06:  Georginio Wijnaldum of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his sides sixth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield on November 6, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Centre Midfield: Adam Lallana

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Adam Lallana of Liverpool celebrates scoring his sides third goal during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Liverpool at Riverside Stadium on December 14, 2016 in Middlesbrough, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s midfield did a fine job suffocating Man City on Saturday, but thanks to Henderson’s injury changes will have to be made. It is likely that Lallana will drop deeper once again having been played in a more forward role in the last match, with Can and Wijnaldum retaining their places.

There is a slight possibility that Klopp could hand a first league start to Ovie Ejaria or recall Lucas, but both are unlikely.

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Forwards:

Right-Wing: Sadio Mané

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27:  Sadio Mane of Liverpool evades Gianelli Imbula of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Left-Wing: Divock Origi

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 19:  Divock Origi of Liverpool and Enner Valencia of Everton battle for the ball during the Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on December 19, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Striker: Daniel Sturridge

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge goes around Stoke City's goalkeeper Lee Grant to score his sides fourth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Stoke City at Anfield on December 27, 2016 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Terry Donnally - CameraSport via Getty Images)

Sadio Mané is in line to play one last game for Liverpool before departing for the African Cup of Nations with Senegal, so he is likely to start.

Roberto Firmino, however, not so much. The Brazilian international looked somewhat leggy against Man City so for him to start two games in quick succession may not be the best idea, while Philippe Coutinho is still not ready to play.

Sturridge and Origi, however, should be ready and able. Klopp made a surprise call by not starting either of his two main strikers in Saturday’s win, so the obvious reversal to that is to start both of them against a Sunderland side shorn of its number one goalkeeper.

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