Jurgen Klopp will be a frustrated man as his Liverpool side failed to finish off a game yet again earlier this week. They were leading 2-1 for most of the second half only to lose out on a late goal from the Cherries that saw them steal a point from this tie. Liverpool though, remain in the third place in the points table, six points off Arsenal and Manchester United just outside the top-4. They cannot afford to drop any more points of they are qualify for the Champions League next season.
They will hope to get back to winning ways but face a tough trip to the Bet 365 this weekend to face Mark Hughes side, that are in the 12th place in the points table. They are fresh from a loss at the Turf Moor and have not picked up a point from their last three games. However, with Liverpool’s confidence shaken, they will fancy their chances to steal a point or all three from this game. Here is the predicted lineup that Jurgen Klopp might field for this tie:
The Reds are still without the services of English stars Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Danny Ings, all of who are injured. Winger Sadio Mane has also joined the list of absentees but star striker Daniel Sturridge should be back in action but might not start this game.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
Belgian Simon Mignolet has been decent off late for Liverpool and there is little reason for Klopp to axe him from the first team. Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner have done a decent job on either flank at the back and should keep their places in the first team for this game. Dejan Lovren was immense in the last couple of games and he should be partnered by Joel Matip, who got 25 minutes under his belt in the draw against Bournemouth.
With Henderson and Lallana out, Klopp has had to use Lucas Leiva in a CDM role and the Brazilian has been excellent. He should start in front of the backline for Liverpool this weekend. Emre Can, who is improving by the game and Georginio Wijnaldum, who had a mixed game against the Cherries should complete the midfield three for Liverpool.
With Sadio Mane absent, Liverpool should push Roberto Firmino on the flank, even as it is not his most productive position. Philippe Coutinho is back to his best and will be the biggest threat for Stoke on the night. And though Sturridge is fit, Origi should start this game, on the back of his couple of goals in the last couple of games.
Here is how they would line up: