Jurgen Klopp will almost certainly have to rotate his Liverpool team against West Brom today. Here are three players he could bring into the side.
The most obvious addition, certainly. Mane didn’t start against Manchester United despite a really promising display against Southampton last weekend.
Now, ultimately, Klopp was right to leave him out. All three of Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah got goals. No one can really criticise his selection in that regard.
But it does mean that Mane just has to start this one. Any of the front three could drop out for him – though, let’s honest, it’s unlikely to be the Golden Boot-chasing Salah.
The no.10 may end up being Klopp’s best weapon for this one, too. A fresh Mane can do a lot of damage.
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Jones hasn’t played all that much in recent months. He’s been a victim of Thiago’s return, really, as Klopp went with more experienced midfielders.
But we were really impressed with his 16-minute cameo against United. Enough that he’s just got to get more football over these final three games.
Thiago played the full 90 against United and will surely step out of the side for this one. Jones may be the best option to replace him.
West Brom will almost certainly sit back and defend their own box, after all. It’s a game set up for attack-minded midfielders and Jones is exactly that. Plus, it gives him a chance to make up for his mistake that led to the Baggies’ equaliser last December.
We’re sure he’s eager to do just that.
There aren’t too many players to choose from, given the injury crisis. Oxlade-Chamberlain represents a fine option, though.
As we mentioned with Jones, this is a game built for midfielders who want to drive the ball forward and pile on pressure. So why not run with two of them?
It could give both Gini Wijnaldum and Thiago enough rest to play the last two games of the season. It’s certainly hard to see how Liverpool don’t grab some goals against West Brom if they’ve got Jones, Oxlade-Chamberlain, and a front-three in their team.
And in a game they need to win, that might be the way to go.