Strongest Possible Liverpool XI To Face Manchester City: Sturridge Back; Firmino to Start

Liverpool Klopp

After tasting his first loss as the Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp will lead Liverpool in their travel to Manchester to face Manchester City. The Liverpool boss now has six injuries to deal with as defender Mamadou Sakho has joined the likes of Jordan Henderson, Danny Ings, Joe Gomez, Jordan Rossiter and Jon Flanagan on the sidelines while Jordan Ibe is also doubtful for the game. James Milner has recovered from a knock but is expected to start against his former club. There is a good news at stake for the Reds as striker Daniel Sturridge could start the game from the bench. How will the Reds line-up to face City? Here is their likely line-up.

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet

There is no second thoughts on Belgian International Simon Mignolet being the Reds’ goalkeeper for the clash against City.

Defenders: Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno

Injury to French defender Mamadou Sakho means Liverpool have no other option than to start with Dejan Lovren as the central defender to pair with Martin Skrtel. New signing Nathaniel Clyne will play as the right-back while Spanish defender Alberto Moreno will play on the left.

Midfielders: James Milner, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino

Jurgen Klopp won’t tinker his midfield combination as the trio of Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and James Milner are doing a fantastic job for his side. Milner is expected to be fit after receiving a knock. Philippe Coutinho, who starred for the Reds before the break will start alongside fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino. This means Englishman Adam Lallana will miss out from Liverpool’s playing XI.

Forward: Christian Benteke

Christian Benteke
Christian Benteke

Daniel Sturridge has returned to full fitness after missing Liverpool’s last seven games in all competitions and the England striker claimed that he is raring to go. This could tempt Klopp to start him nut the German will not risk his star player as Sturridge is set to start from the bench with Belgian Christian Benteke starting the game.

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