It is that time of the year when clubs around the Premier League are busy with more and more domestic games as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will know this week. The Reds, who are yet to win a game in the New Year, were held to a point at the Old Trafford recently in the Premier League but they do not have any time to dwell on the result as their progress in the FA Cup is now on the line this week.
In what is a game that Liverpool scheduled for themselves, Klopp’s side travel to Plymouth today, to take on a side that frustrated them at Anfield in the first leg of the competition. Klopp played a second string side in that game but was not able to get the best out of his team. He is not expected to make too many changes as he revealed in his presser that he trusts his youngsters to get the job done. The manager is expected to field a similar lineup from the first leg and here is the predicted lineup that he might play on the night:
The Reds will miss the services of Danny Ings who suffered a season-ending injury earlier in the season. About the full-back Nathaniel Clyne, Klopp has confirmed that the defender is still “two to three days” away from running but is in contention for a return this weekend.
While Lucas Lucas Leiva is also set to miss the trip to Devon after suffering a swollen knee which kept him out of the Reds squad for the match with United. Defender Joel Matip is stuck in an issue with his national side and Liverpool might risk losing Premier League points if Klopp decides to play him in this game.
Expected lineup (4-3-3):
The German is no longer the first choice for Klopp in the Premier League but he should keep his place for this game after a decent outing in the League Cup semi-final recently.
Trent Alexander Arnold:
The youngster made a dream PL debut at the start of the week and is expected to start his 2nd game in 4 days for Liverpool at right-back in the absence of Clyne.
The English defender is just back from injury and was solid at the back in the first leg. He should be back in action and should play at the heart of the defense for his side.
The Estonian was a steady performer against United and with Matip and Lucas set to miss the game, we expect him to start alongside Gomez in this third round FA Cup tie.
The Spaniard is unable to get into the starting XI in the PL this season and this game against Plymouth will give him a great chance to prove himself.
The former Tottenham man was sublime in the first round of the competition and he should keep his place in the side for this clash.
The German midfielder was one of the worst players for the Reds against the Saints but was decent in the game against United. Klopp will hope that he can put in a decent performance this week in the FA Cup.
The young midfielder is one of the most exciting talents in the academy for Liverpool and should start this game against Plymouth.
The only genuine winger in the squad in the absence of Mane, Ojo was decent in the previous outing also against this side and Klopp will hope for him to have a greater effect on this game.
The 17-year old was ineffective in the first leg of this tie but Klopp has enough confidence in him to give him another chance this week.
An unused substitute in the game against Manchester United, Sturridge will be frustrated with the lack of playing time at Anfield but will hope to prove himself on the night against Plymouth.