With the Guardian reporting this morning that Jurgen Klopp may be looking to start striker Daniel Sturridge on the bench for tonight's match and replace him with Divock Origi, we look at Liverpool's potential starting eleven as they face Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their massive Europa League quarter-final tie.
GK: Simon Mignolet
Not a tough one to start with.the Belgian stopper has had his ups and downs in his time at Anfield but gave a good account of himself against Tottenham on Sunday and is enjoying a string of solid performances. No news is good news in the life of a goalkeeper.
The Belgian stopper has had his ups and downs in his time at Anfield, but he gave a good account of himself against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday and is enjoying a string of solid performances. No news is good news in the life of a goalkeeper.
No news is good news in the life of a goalkeeper.
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RB: Nathaniel Clyne
The ex-Southampton defender has been consistent without being dazzling during his Liverpool tenure but that has been enough to satisfy the Anfield faithful.
A solid fixture in the Liverpool first team when fit and a sure thing for this summer's European Championships with England. The full-back will offer pace in attack but has shown he is susceptible to a pacy, strong winger when defending. This will be a worry for Clyne as he will be tasked with keeping tabs on Marco Reus for the evening.
The full-back will offer pace in attack but has shown he is susceptible to a pacy, strong winger when defending. This will be a worry for Nathanial Clyne as he will be tasked with keeping tabs on Marco Reus for the evening.
LB: Alberto Moreno
Alberto Moreno is a raw and unpolished player but probably Liverpool's fastest alongside Origi. This will be vital if Liverpool are to contain Dortmund's potent ability to play on the break.
The young Spaniard is not renowned for his positional discipline but with pace at his disposal, he may be able to paper over the cracks and scramble back often enough to stop the opposition getting too much luck down that flank.
That being said, Moreno has the unenviable task of keeping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang under wraps, something the best defenders in the Bundesliga have found near impossible this season.
CB's: Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho
When the ball finds its way into the Liverpool box, and it is sure to do so on more than one occasion tonight, Liverpool fans will have reason to feel nervous.
None of Liverpool's central defenders have looked consistent this season but this is probably Klopp's best option tonight. Martin Skrtel, only just returned from injury, will not be 100% and Kolo Toure, whilst the most experienced of the four, lacks mobility, which will be essential for the Reds tonight.
A major worry will be Mamadou Sakho's poor performance against Tottenham Hotspur recently. The Frenchman didn't manage a successful tackle and only won a single aerial encounter in the entire match, a statistic that Thomal Tuchel will surely be notifying his attackers of.
Midfield: Philippe Coutinho, James Milner, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana
Liverpool's Brazilian duet have been a glimmer of hope in an otherwise unfruitful season for the Reds. Klopp will hope that Philippe Coutinho will be able to replicate the potency in front of goal he displayed on Sunday as well as hoping that Roberto Firmino is fit enough to start. The number eleven is still struggling with the hamstring injury he picked up in the previous Europa League game against Manchester United.
James Milner has recovered from the virus that sidelined him recently which will be a boost for Klopp's side. So often has Milner been the driving force behind Liverpool's positive performances and his bottomless running power will be vital in the battle for the midfield.
Emre Can has developed into one of the Reds' most useful assets this season. His tackling, though sometimes reckless, is something that other Liverpool midfielders struggle to replicate. Paired with his graceful running ability and often inspired distribution he is a solid all rounder, a sentiment obviously shared by German coach Joachim Loew, as he selected the youngster for the friendly against England recently.
Finally, Adam Lallana. The attacking midfielder was one of the most impressive players for England in their two international friendlies this month and fans will hope he can continue that purple patch in a Liverpool shirt.
The 27-year-old has been in and out of the squad a lot of this season and often struggles with his fitness and endurance, being Klopp's most substituted player.
Negatives aside, the ex-Southampton midfielder has the vision and ability to find the killer pass that could prove vital in an open game that is sure to provide opportunities for a playmaker like Lallana.
CF: Divock Origi
As mentioned, reports this morning claim that Daniel Sturridge may be starting tonight's game at the Westfalenstadion on the bench. The striker looked fatigued and disinterested against Tottenham at the weekend and it has been reported that Klopp is losing his patience with the player.
Divock Origi, whilst not yet the finished article, could never be accused of looking disinterested. His fiery pace and sizeable frame make him a handful for any back line. Mobility will be key in this game as Dortmund are sure to press high up the pitch and having players that can utilise athleticism, as well as skill to find space, will be invaluable to Klopp.
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