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Confirmed Liverpool XI vs. Man City: Firmino starts, Benteke, Sturridge on bench

Daniel Sturridge makes his first appearance during Jurgen Klopp‘s Liverpool reign, named on the bench for Saturday’s clash with Manchester City.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 26, 2015: Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring the third goal against Aston Villa during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 26-year-old made a recovery from a knee injury over the international break, and has been passed fit to start on the substitutes’ bench against his former club.

Sturridge joins a familiar starting lineup, with Klopp making few changes as he looks for a response to the Reds’ 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out.

Simon Mignolet continues in goal, while Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel and Alberto Moreno take up their regular roles in defence.

Dejan Lovren replaces the injured Mamadou Sakho, partnering Skrtel at centre-back.

In midfield, Klopp has opted for a three-man base, with James Milner joining Lucas Leiva and Emre Can.

With Christian Benteke playing a low-key role for Belgium throughout the international break, the £32.5 million striker is named alongside Sturridge on Klopp’s substitutes’ bench.

This leaves Roberto Firmino to operate as an auxiliary forward.

Supporting Firmino in attack, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana will be hoping to provide the goals to fuel another famous victory against the Citizens.

Adam Bogdan, Kolo Toure, Connor Randall, Joe Allen and Jordon Ibe join Benteke and Sturridge on the bench.

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Liverpool XI vs. Man City: Mignolet; Clyne, Skrtel, Lovren, Moreno; Milner, Lucas, Can; Lallana, Coutinho; Firmino

Substitutes: Bogdan, Toure, Randall Allen, Ibe, Benteke, Sturridge

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