Klopp to stick with youth or play a stronger XI? – Predicting Liverpool’s lineup at Plymouth

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Jurgen Klopp has suggested he could name a stronger starting team as Liverpool look to see off Plymouth Argyle at the second time of asking in the FA Cup on Wednesday night.

The unrelenting fixture schedule continues for the Reds, who attempt to overcome the Pilgrims in a third-round replay that is already their fifth game of 2017.

Klopp’s men were held to a frustrating goalless draw by the League Two club at Anfield, and a more professional display will be required as Derek Adams’ side look to use Home Park advantage to cause a cup shock.

Klopp fielded Liverpool’s youngest ever starting XI in the Anfield meeting, but having said “probably it will be different to the team we had in the first game”, a more experienced side could be named in attempt to ensure the Reds reach round four.

 

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Liverpool’s XI vs. The Pilgrims

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 7, 2017: Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo in action against Plymouth Argyle during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Klopp’s words that the Reds will “probably” be a “different team” in Devon suggests a stronger side featuring more senior players could be named.

With Liverpool imminently facing a big week of Premier League and League Cup action, Klopp will want a more straightforward game at Home Park and a more experienced side could ensure that proves the case.

Within this, Matip could enter into a strong defence alongside Alexander-Arnold, Gomez and Moreno, if Klopp – who assessed Wednesday’s clash “the perfect game for him” – risks fielding the centre-back with Liverpool no clearer over his eligibility.

A more experienced midfield could see Henderson and Wijnaldum deployed with Ejaria, and Klopp could follow a similar route of youth supporting experience in attack.

Ojo could provide the youthful exuberance on the right side as at Anfield, but Coutinho – who is searching to improve his match fitness – could start on the left, with Sturridge leading the line, like so:

Despite being criticised in some sections for his selection in the Anfield tie, Klopp could show faith in his youngsters and name a similarly youthful XI in Devon.

This would be a positive move for numerous reasons as outlined by Jack lusby, but none more so than for presenting Anfield’s upcoming talent with another valuable first-team outing.

The Reds defence won’t see too much alteration with options picking themselves, but if Klopp opts against risking Matip, and Lucas misses out with injury, Lovren could join Gomez at centre-back.

A more youthful centre could see Stewart, who would return to his holding role, and Ejaria joined by Wijnaldum.

Meanwhile in attack, Klopp could present young duo, Ojo and Woodburn, another chance to shine – keeping Wilson in reserve – while flanking the fresh and eager to impress, Sturridge.

A more experimental XI could look like this:

A more testing game than at Anfield awaits on Plymouth’s home turf, and the Reds must produce a confident display to ensure it is they who book a fourth-round date with Championship side, Wolves.

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