2 Players Klopp Should Axe From The First Team When Liverpool Travel To Watford

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp Has To Drop These Two Players For The Game Against Watford

After putting in two solid performances away from home, Liverpool fell to a demoralising defeat against Crystal Palace at Anfield last weekend. They have lost some ground in the race for the top-4 and cannot afford to drop any more points from the remaining games in the rest of the season. Liverpool play Southampton, West Ham United and Middlesbrough in the last three games of the campaign but up next is a trip to the Vicarage Road.

Watford have not been at their best recently and dropped all three points at the KCOM last weekend. But they are a tough team to beat and Liverpool’s woes against the smaller clubs can easily come back to haunt them. So how should Klopp lineup for this tie? Here are two players that the manager should bench for this game:

Here are two players that the manager should bench for this game:

Dejan Lovren

Though the first-choice centre back partner for Matip, Lovren was awful against Crystal Palace and it might be time for Klopp to remove him from the XI. Though it is unlikely, Lucas Leiva, who has been having a decent time in the last few games, might be a better partner for Matip at the back and might make Liverpool a more formidable team defensively. Lovren might add a bit of physicality to the play at the back for the Reds but against a team like Watford, it will be important for the Liverpool defence to stay a step ahead and Lucas would be perfect for it. As crazy as it might have sounded a couple of months ago, Liverpool are more stable at the back with Lucas in the team than with Lovren.

Dejan Lovren
Dejan Lovren

James Milner

The versatile English star has been solid at the back for Liverpool but he has been wasteful at the other end of the field. Liverpool lack width in their attack with Sadio Mane on the injury table and they rely preciously on the full-backs to act as wide wingers in the final third. Milner, as industrious and creative as he is, has not been at his best in front of goal and Klopp might be tempted to use Trent Alexander Arnold in the first team in Milner’s place. The youngster has been in impeccable form for the junior squad and is not too far away from cementing a place in the first team. He might be used on the right side of the defence shifting Clyne onto the left. They can also use Alberto Moreno as a direct replacement for Milner on the left. Watford are expected to sit back and defend, which might see Klopp use a 3-4-3 formation and even in that system, Milner should be replaced.

James Milner
James Milner

 

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