Likely Liverpool XI to face Bordeaux: Joe Allen and Kolo Toure to Start

James Milner

After thrashing Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool will look to continue their form and secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League when they take on Bordeaux at Anfield later tonight. Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho, Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson, Philippe Coutinho, Jordon Ibe are all injured and are set to miss tonight’s match. Here is the side that Jurgen Klopp might pick for the game:

Goalkeeper: Impressive Belgian International Simon Mignolet is expected to keep his place in goal, which means Adam Bodgan will remain on the bench.

Defence: Jurgen Klopp is forced to make at least one change at the back that he had for the Manchester City game. Martin Skrtel has been ruled out due to illness and with Mamadou Sakho already out injured, it is certain that Kolo Toure will partner Dejan Lovren in the heart of defence. Spaniard Alberto Moreno and Englishman Nathaniel Clyne should keep their places as the full-backs.

Midfield: It was expected that Lucas Leiva would be afforded a rest in this match, but with the Brazilian suspended for Sunday’s Premier League clash with Swansea City, he is set to start tonight. In all likelihood German midfielder Emre Can will get the rest and will be replaced by Welshman Joe Allen and James Milner and Adam Lallana could once again start on the wings.

Attack: Brazilian Philippe Coutinho is set to miss the match due to a hamstring injury that he suffered against Manchester City. In his place, his fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino is expected to drop into a deeper role and Belgian International Christian Benteke is expected to be the striker. Daniel Sturridge is likely to be named on the bench after returning from injury.

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke

Likely Liverpool XI: Simon Mignolet, Nathaniel Clyne, Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno, Lucas Leiva, Joe Allen, James Milner, Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke.

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