Firmino, Benteke or Origi up front? Predicting Liverpool’s XI vs. Watford

Liverpool take on Watford on Sunday afternoon, and we take a look at how Jurgen Klopp could line up his side for the Vicarage Road fixture.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 13, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and players thanking supporters after the Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield. (Pic by James Maloney/Propaganda)

Fresh from a rare week of no midweek action, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds head to Hertfordshire looking to return to winning ways at the third attempt.

A tough game lies ahead against Quique Sanchez Flores’ side and Liverpool will have to produce an improved showing from last weekend’s 2-2 draw against West Brom to ensure of three points to take back to Merseyside.


Team News

  • Klopp could makes changes in search of first win in 4 games
  • Sturridge missing for Vicarage Road trip however
  • Milner also out after picking up calf problem in training
  • Lovren ruled out but could return against Leicester after positive response to injury
  • Sakho fit again and set to return in place of the Croatian
  • Lucas and Allen options for Klopp to replace Milner in midfield
  • Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino and Ibe all fit to feature
  • Benteke could spearhead Reds attack again
  • But Origi pushing for start after rescuing draw last weekend


Liverpool’s XI

Despite missing a number of options, Klopp still has a selection of set-ups with personnel and formation to utilise as he searches to end the Reds’ winless run.

The German could stick to 4-3-3, and at the back, Sakho is set to return to the defence in place of Lovren to form a familiar back four with Clyne, Skrtel and Moreno.

With Milner unavailable, Lucas should resume his defensive midfield role alongside Henderson and Can, and after another week of disjointed attacking play, Klopp could reform the dangerous and roaming front three of Lallana, Coutinho and Firmino.

Those changes to the XI would see Liverpool line up like this at Vicarage Road on Sunday afternoon:

Watford 4-3-3

Alternatively, Klopp could start with the 4-2-3-1 shape he switched to in-game that helped rescue a late point against West Brom last weekend.

With the same back four and Sakho in, Can and Henderson could form an energetic and powerful midfield partnership, keeping Lucas benched for the second game running.

Lallana, Coutinho and Ibe could then make up Liverpool’s attacking midfield unit, and the trio could play in support of Benteke, though Origi could receive a start after impressing in his last two outings.

In the change of shape, the Reds could line up looking like this come 1:30pm kick-off time:

Watford 4-2-3-1

A tough but potentially rewarding festive period awaits for Liverpool, and Klopp’s men must open with the perfect start at Vicarage Road on Sunday and end this mini run of three games without a win.