Jurgen Klopp needs to rotate his squad completely for today’s visit of Plymouth Argyle and Dave Davis reckons Jurgen Klopp should give promoted academy stars a chance.
United away, Chelsea and Spurs at home with a two-legged semi-final against Southampton. Those are the big games that are waiting for Liverpool in January. An FA cup clash against Plymouth Argyle, therefore, provides a perfect excuse for Jurgen Klopp to rest the key members of his squad, bring in the kids and take no chances whatsoever.
A full eleven changes maybe a surprise, but it may not be that far off. Having played every minute in The Premier League, Nathanial Clyne naturally needs to be rested and Trent Alexander-Arnold is more than ready to step in. Joel Matip is still to return to full training, whilst Ragnar Klavan and Dejan Lovren have a decent record in their recent time together. The time seems perfect for Joe Gomez to return to first team action and Lucas to captain a side, regardless of speculation around his future.
In midfield, the likes of Wijnaldum, Lallana and Can could do after the festive period and there are plenty of youngsters waiting in the wings. Ovie Ejaria has been a regular sub, whilst Marko Grujic is still returning from injury. Numerous loans and transfer offers have been rejected for Kevin Stewart too, so you’d fancy the former Spurs player has a chance at Anfield but needs to take it.
From an attacking perspective, Roberto Firmino looks like he needs a break and Sadio Mane has headed off to the AFCON. The entire Anfield crowd will be hoping that Ben Woodburn gets a start and the return of Sheyi Ojo would be greatly welcomed. The last few games showed that Daniel Sturridge appears to have jumped ahead of Divock Origi in Klopp’s pecking order and the Belgian would be expected to lead the line. The extent of Sturridge’s knock would be a concern too.
Those in attendance would love to see Jack Dunn given a chance at some stage and Loris Karius can return to first team action with little fanfare. No disrespect to Plymouth, but there are far bigger fish to fry this January and the kids should be more than good enough.