Dave Davis dicusses te team that Jürgen Klopp should send out to face Hull City later today.
There were plenty of positives to take from Tuesday night’s draw against Chelsea. The fightback showed character, Anfield came to life and we got Sadio Mané back. There were, however, a few worrying aspects and players not rising to the challenge. With everyone fit and apparently ready to go, Klopp’s team selection doesn’t seem that difficult.
Mingolet was culpable for David Luiz’s free-kick, but you still wondered if he’d have saved it even if he was ready. The penalty save from Costa was definite redemption and he’s been on decent form recently. Clyne looked more like his old self and whilst Milner’s form has dipped recently, his assist the other night and the fact Moreno is the other option makes it a no-brainer. Jöel Matip looked exactly what he was with a few rusty touches and a penalty giveaway, but anyone would find it tough against Costa. Hull won’t be afraid to lump it, so Lovren is the other obvious starter.
Jordan Henderson had a shout for man of the match as he made a crucial number of tackles, particularly a memorable one on Pedro. His curled balls from the right caused problems and it’s something we’ve missed in recent games. Lallana has to be deeper in the three to provide the midfield flair and creativity we’ve been lacking. Wijnaldum’s goal and all-round energy make him the obvious candidate to complete the middle options.
Mané is back. Pace, direct running and goals is what we’ve been missing so the right side of the forward three is quickly filled. Coutinho has massively struggled since his return, but with pace and movement around him, he should improve quickly. Firmino is Klopp’s golden boy and with no cup competitions, burn-out is no real worry now. Everyone’s favourite front-three should be back for the first time in a while.
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Others in the squad just aren’t really stepping up to the mark right now. Emre Can is desperately struggling to even find a red shirt at the moment and needs taking out. Origi looks desperately short of confidence and you’ll do well to find anyone with positives about Sturridge’s recent performances. Klavan has looked like the back-up and Moreno is always a worry. Hull proved their no pushovers at Old Trafford and three points are needed. Don’t expect any real surprises.