4-3-3: Liverpool Predicted XI to Face Plymouth
Liverpool start their 2016-17 FA Cup campaign on Sunday afternoon at home to League Two promotion contenders Plymouth Argyle.
The Reds are widely-expected to bounce back from their disappointing 2-2 draw at Sunderland last time out to comfortably book their place in the fourth round.
With an EFL Cup semi-final first leg a few days later Jürgen Klopp is expected to ring the changes for his side’s FA Cup tie versus lower league opposition.
Here is the Liverpool team I think we’ll see fielded:
Goalkeeper: Loris Karius
The Reds boss confirmed at his pre-match press conference on Friday that the young German goalkeeper will return to the starting lineup for this one. Loris Karius has been error prone so far this season but another 90 minutes could be good for his progress this weekend.
Defence: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Joe Gomez, Alberto Moreno
Joël Matip won’t be back in full training for another couple of days and we certainly don’t expect Klopp to risk his first-choice centre-backs ahead of a trip to Manchester United next Sunday. Therefore his current backup, Lucas, should start this one. Alongisde the Brazilian will be young Joe Gomez, back from a long-term injury, with the Liverpool manager confirming he will make his first start in over 16 months. Alberto Moreno has made some cameo appearances of late but will start this one at left-back with James Milner sidelined with a calf injury. Youngster Trent Alexander-Arnold has been an unused substitute in a number of Premier League games recently but should give Nathaniel Clyne a breather on Sunday.
Midfield: Kevin Stewart, Emre Can, Georginio Wijnaldum
Jordan Henderso missed the draw at Sunderland earlier this week due to a heel injury so I can’t see the captain being risked for this one. Adam Lallana has had a busy festive period so I expect him to be given the weekend off. Therefore youngsters Ovie Ejaria and Kevin Stewart could be given another chance to impress in the cup. At least one of Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum will start to provide some experience in the middle of the pitch, if not both.
Attack: Sheyi Ojo, Divock Origi, Ben Woodburn
Klopp is limited with his options in attack. Sadio Mané is off to the African Cup of Nations, Daniel Sturridge has only just resumed full first team training and Philippe Coutinho is expected to sit out of this one having only just recovered from his ankle injury. Roberto Firmino is due a rest at some point too. So I think we’ll see a relatively young attack with Divock Origi leading the line, supported by Ben Woodburn and Sheyi Ojo.Click here to get 5/1 on Liverpool beating Plymouth!This is how I think Liverpool will line up: