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Jurgen Klopp will be looking to build on his League Cup victory in the midweek as he gets ready to take a Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Indeed, there could be no better way for Klopp to garner a first Premier League win, as the Champions look a shadow of the side which marched to the league title last season. Moreover, the German manager is also set to welcome a number of key players back, so that could be the additional boost he needs for this big game which kicks off at lunchtime today.

STARTING XI(4-2-3-1)

GOALKEEPER: SIMON MIGNOLET

No doubt for Klopp in this department, the Belgian has been good with his saves and distribution this season.

BACK FOUR: ALBERTO MORENO, MAMADOU SAKHO, MARTIN SKYRTEL AND NATHANIEL CLYNE

Moreno will start as left back, while Sakho, who has been in top form for the Reds this season will be the left centre back. Klopp will be glad to welcome back Skrytel and Clyne from injury, with Skrytel offering a physical presence while Clyne will bring those clever overlaps to the game.

HOLDING MIDFIELD: LUCAS LEIVA AND JAMES MILNER

The double pivot of Lucas and Milner will look to neutralise the threat Hazard or Costa might pose to the back four. Both Lucas and Milner are known for their industry and even if one of them goes up to join the attack, the other will have to stay back and close the spaces.

ATTACKING MIDFIELD:  PHILLIPE COUTINHO, ROBERTO FIRMINO AND ADAM LALLANA

Coutinho is set to return. He will probably be accompanied by the improved Lallana and returning Firmino, but the Brazilian’s superb display could see Klopp – a self-proclaimed fan of the 23-year-old – opt to play him with his countryman. Coutinho is probably the best person for Klopp to build his team around, while if Lallana keeps his consistency intact and Firmino keeps settling in down the middle, this forward line could pose a considerable threat to an aged Chelsea defence with their skill and pace.

STRIKER: CHRISTIAN BENTEKE

The no. 9 is finally set to return and if he can hit the ground running, he will pose the biggest threat to the Chelsea backline. He might not have Sturridge’s pace or ability to run in behind defenders, but he is an excellent header of the ball and is also brilliant in holding the ball up so that the wide forwards can get into play. Moreover, his height and physique is also impressive, so that will be another area Mourinho needs to be weary about.

 

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Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino is no stranger to the highlight reels. The Brazilian has had conjured numerous moments of magic in a Red shirt that have been part of countless highlight reels.

Early in the second half of the match against Manchester United, the Liverpool striker turned United full-back Aaron Wan-Bissake inside out ending with the defender landing flat on the Anfield turf.

Picking up the ball on the left, Firmino ran at Wan-Bissaka and cut across the defender numerous times completely flatfooted him.

Wan Bissaka is considered by some to be the best defensive right-back in the league and has also been compared by United fans to Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The Reds faithful would have enjoyed Firmino showing the world that the United defender still has some ways to go before being compared to Liverpool’s wonderkid.

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The move coincided with a sustained period of dominance where Liverpool had 7 chances in the opening 9 minutes of the second half.

Virgil van Dijk gave Liverpool the lead in the first half with a towering header from a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner. Firmino looked to have doubled the Red’s lead only for the goal to be controversially ruled out for a Van Dijk foul on David de Gea.

Giorginio Wijnaldum had the ball in the back of the net after a fine passing move,but the goal was once again ruled out for offside.

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With the first-team squad setting higher standards with every match, some of Liverpool ‘s promising talents have had to go out on loan to get more playtime to further their development.

We take a look at how these players fared this week

Rhian Brewster (Swansea City)

It was a home debut to remember for Rhian Brewster as the youngster scored his first senior goal in Swansea City’s 2-1 victory over Wigan Athletic. (h/t Sky Sports)

Nathan Byrne had given Wigan lead, only for Brewster to bring the Swans level with a clinical finish at the 19th-minute mark.

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Swansea ended up winning the game 2-1 courtesy of an Andrew Ayew goal in the second half. It has been a promising start for Brewster at the Liberty Stadium and is hopefully just the start of bigger things to come.

The Swans are currently 6th in the Championship table and look set to at least make the playoffs for Premier League promotion.

Sheyi Ojo (Rangers)

The 22-year-old winger came on as a second-half substitute as Rangers defeated Stranraer 2-0 in the Scottish Cup at Ibrox. The youngster played the last quarter of the game as Steven Gerrard’s side go through to the 5th round where they will face Hamilton Academical.

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Ojo has made 22 appearances for Rangers this season and has scored 2 goals. (h/t Whoscored)

Harry Wilson ( Bournemouth)

It was a frustrating night for the Welsh winger as he was sacrificed for Simon Wallis in the 34th minute. The substitution was the consequence of a tactical reshuffle effected by the sending off of Steve Cook.

Harry Wilson

The night got worse for The Cherries as they lost 1-0 and now find themselves in very real danger of being relegated. Wilson has played 22 times for Bournemouth this season and has scored 6 goals.

Herbie Kane (Hull City)

It was a bad day at the office for Herbie Kane as the midfielder played the full 90 minutes in the Tigers’ 1-0 loss to Derby County.

The defeat leaves Hull 6 points off a playoff berth.

Kamil Grabara (Huddersfield Town)

Grabara played the full 90 minutes as he kept a clean sheet in the 0-0 draw against Brentford. Huddersfield could have really done with a win and are looking at the prospect of back to back relegations if their form does not pick up soon.

Marko Grujic (Hertha Berlin)

Grujic played the full 90 minutes in a 4-0 mauling against Bayern Munich at home. Hertha Berlin were outplayed as the German champions ran riot at the Olympiastadion Berlin.

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Loris Karius

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Injured winger Xherdan Shaqiri hopes to return to action soon

Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri is aiming for a quick return to action after missing the victory over Manchester United due to injury. (h/t Liverpoolfc)

Injuries have severely limited the Swiss winger to just 9 appearances this season. The latest being a knock that kept him out of the clash against Manchester United. Shaqiri has fine memories of the fixture, having come off the bench to score a brace in the corresponding fixture last season.

The player refused to explicitly state a return date but hopes to be back as quickly as possible.

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Shaqiri has expressed his frustration at his persistent injuries. He hopes to put his troubles behind him as the Reds compete for the Premier League, Champions League and the FA Cup.

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Shaqiri has found himself reduced to a marginal role even when fit, making some sections question his future at the club.

The player had been linked with a move to Italian giants Roma and AC Milan in the January transfer window. The move seems unlikely after Klopp stated that no first-team players will leave the club in January.

With games coming thick and fast, Klopp needs all the players at his disposal as Liverpool chase domestic and European glory. Shaqiri will hope to play a key role in the club’s success further increasing his stock in the transfer market.

If the Swiss international is to move on next season, he will find no shortage of suitors if he makes a name for himself this season.

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