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Predicted Liverpool lineup vs. Chelsea: An attacking conundrum for Klopp

Liverpool take on Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and we take a look how Jurgen Klopp could line up his side for the rivals clash.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 28, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the first goal against AFC Bournemouth during the Football League Cup 4th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp goes in search of his first Premier League victory at Stamford Bridge after securing his first Liverpool win in the League Cup in midweek.

The Reds will be looking to build on Wednesday night’s success when they face Mourinho’s struggling Blues in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off – a game Klopp is set to welcome back a number of first team players for.

 

Team News

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Liverpool's James Milner, Christian Benteke, Mamadou Sakho and Kolo Toure during a training session at Melwood Training Ground ahead of the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match against FC Rubin Kazan. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Klopp to restore first choice picks after making nine changes to his side for Bournemouth cup visit
  • Sakho, Moreno, Can and Coutinho all expected to return after being rested
  • Sturridge won’t feature with the striker to miss return to former club with on-going knee problem
  • Benteke has trained after injury scare and is fit and in line to feature at Stamford Bridge
  • Firmino pushing for first Premier League start under Klopp after starring in League Cup win on Wednesday night
  • Milner available again after serving one-match ban in midweek

 

The Liverpool XI

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 17, 2015: Liverpool's manager J¸rgen Klopp and Mamadou Sakho after the goal-less draw with Tottenham Hotspur during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Kloppaganda)

With Klopp to restore regular starters, the Reds are set to line up with the familiar looking back four with Sakho and Moreno coming back in alongside Nathaniel Clyne and Martin Skrtel.

The same applies to the midfield unit which is likely to see Milner and Emre Can either side of Lucas, but the German manager has a tough decision to make over who fills the two attacking midfield slots.

Coutinho is set to return, leaving a big decision over who joins him out of the improved Lallana and returning Firmino, but the Brazilian’s superb display could see Klopp – a self-proclaimed fan of the 23-year-old – opt to play him with his countryman, in support of Benteke.

That would see Liverpool lineup like this at Stamford Bridge:

Chelsea 4-3-2-1

Returning bodies open up different options for Klopp however, and he could utilise something different on Saturday.

A return to his preferred 4-2-3-1 could materialise with Firmino’s return, allowing Lucas and Milner to form the midfield pairing with Lallana also coming in to play alongside the two Brazilians in support of Benteke.

The change to system and personnel would see Liverpool lineup like this come 12:45 kick off time:

Chelsea 4-2-3-1

Arriving with confidence off the back securing a first Reds win in midweek, what better time to secure a first Premier League victory with a morale-boosting rivals win on Saturday.

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