Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Bordeaux: Benteke starts as Reds make four changes

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Christian Benteke will start up front for Liverpool in their penultimate Europa League group stage match against Bordeaux at Anfield on Thursday night.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 25, 2015: Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal against Southampton during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
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Jurgen Klopp makes four changes to the side that brushed aside Manchester City 4-1 in the Premier League on Saturday. A win for the Reds will see them through to the next round of the Europa League.

Benteke replaces Adam Lallana, who drops to the bench, and Jordon Ibe starts in the absence of Philippe Coutinho, who suffered a minor hamstring injury late on in Saturday’s win at the Etihad Stadium.

Kolo Toure steps in for Martin Skrtel, who is struggling from illness but is named among the substitutes, whilst Joe Allen replaces Emre Can in midfield.

Daniel Sturridge is not named among the substitutes, despite Klopp telling reporters on Wednesday the England international is getting “closer” to his return. Reports suggest he has sustained a new foot injury.

Earlier this evening, Europa League Group B leaders Sion went down 2-0 at Rubin Kazan, meaning Liverpool will go top with victory over Bordeaux.

Liverpool: Mignolet; Clyne, Toure, Lovren, Moreno; Milner, Lucas, Allen; Ibe, Firmino; Benteke.

Substitutes: Bogdan, Lallana, Can, Origi, Skrtel, Brannagan, Randall.

Bordeaux: Carrasso, Contento, Sane, Yambere, Chantome, Biyogo, Plasil, Rolan, Saivet, Jussie, Crivelli.

Substitutes: Prior, Traore, Diabate, Maurice-Belay, Guilbert, Ounas, Poundje.

Referee: Alon Yefet (Israel)

Liverpool v Bordeaux gets underway at 20:05 (GMT) and is live on BT Sport in the UK. Follow the match live on the FREE This Is Anfield app:
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