Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Plymouth Argyle: Gomez returns, first start for Woodburn

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Joe Gomez makes his long-awaited return from injury for Liverpool’s FA Cup third round clash with Plymouth Argyle, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Ben Woodburn also starting.

The Reds begin their FA Cup campaign with the visit of the Pilgrims, as Jurgen Klopp continues his search for a first piece of silverware at Anfield.

It is nearly 11 years since Liverpool last lifted the trophy, with Steven Gerrard’s influential display against West Ham sealing glory in the 2006 final.

League 2 Plymouth shouldn’t cause the Reds too many problems, and unsurprisingly, Klopp has named a much-changed team for the game.

Gomez’s return is hugely pleasing, with the teenager not featuring since the 1-1 draw with FC Sion in October 2015, following a cruciate ligament injury.

The former Charlton Athletic youngster partners Lucas Leiva at centre-back, with Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan not risked and Joel Matip still unavailable.

Loris Karius comes in for Simon Mignolet in goal, while Alexander-Arnold and Alberto Moreno come in for Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner at right and left-back, respectively.

Kevin Stewart slots into Jordan Henderson‘s deep-lying midfield role, with the captain not set to return until next Sunday’s Premier League clash at Man United, with Emre Can and Ejaria also starting in the middle of the park.

Woodburn earns his first ever Liverpool start, following his goalscoring heroics from the bench against Leeds United, while Sheyi Ojo is another who is back from injury.

Origi leads the line – Daniel Sturridge is on the bench – and the Belgian will be keen to add to his seven goals so far this season.

Joining Sturridge on the substitutes’ bench are Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Georginio Wijnaldum, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino, should they be needed.

It is Liverpool’s youngest ever starting lineup, with an average age of 21 years, 296 days.

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Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Lucas, Moreno, Stewart, Can, Ejaria, Ojo, Woodburn, Origi

Substitutes: Mignolet, Klavan, Clyne, Wijnaldum, Lallana, Firmino, Sturridge

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