Steven Gerrard to lead Liverpool against AFC Wimbledon

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Steven Gerrard will continue his run in the Liverpool side against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup on Monday night while Martin Skrtel returns from injury and Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana are rested – according to a leaked team sheet.

A feature writer at posted the line-up on his Twitter account on Sunday evening, which implies that Brendan Rodgers will make four changes but will stick with three at the back.

The former England captain will be pushed higher up the pitch just behind the striker with Philippe Coutinho as Rodgers hopes to use more athletic midfielders to protect his defenders.

Despite a return for Martin Skrtel at centre-back, Emre Can will continue his spell at centre-back after impressing there against Swansea and Leicester.

But makeshift defensive duties look to be over for Jordan Henderson who returns to central midfield alongside Lucas while Lazar Markovic takes his place at right-wing back.

Raheem’s Sterling’s run of games as a stand-in striker looks to be over too as Rickie Lambert is tipped to start against the Dons as he searches for just his third goal in a Liverpool shirt.

After leaving the New Year’s Day visit of Leicester City early Adam Lallana is considered doubtful for the tie and will not be risked.

But centre-back Dejan Lovren may make a return appearance, probably from the substitute’s bench, after recovering early from a groin injury picked up on December 17.

The team in full: Mignolet – Emre Can, Škrtel, Sakho – Manquillo, Henderson, Lucas, Marković – Gerrard, Coutinho – Lambert.

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Martin Skrtel
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