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)

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

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

Centre-Back: Dejan Lovren

Centre-Back: Ragnar Klavan

Left-Back: Alberto Moreno

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

Centre Midfield: Gini Wijnaldum

Centre Midfield: Adam Lallana

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

Left-Wing: Divock Origi

Striker: Daniel Sturridge

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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