James Milner will don the armband while Divock Origi will replace Sadio Mane when Liverpool take on Chelsea in the FA Cup on Tuesday.
Liverpool will be hoping to return to winning ways and seal safe passage through to the FA Cup quarter-finals when they lock horns with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round tie on Tuesday night. And, Jurgen Klopp has been handed a double injury boost ahead of his side’s latest fixture.
Joe Gomez and James Milner are fit and available after overcoming their respective fitness issues and will be in contention to face Chelsea. However, the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Naby Keita, Jordan Henderson and Xherdan Shaqiri miss out.
During his pre-match press conference, Klopp confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns to deal with ahead of the trip to London to take on Chelsea. The Liverpool boss also provided an update on Keita, iterating that the Guinean should be available by this weekend.
“No new ones [injuries], I think. Joe [Gomez] and Millie [James Milner] are back. The others aren’t. [It is] a little, little, little bit but enough with his hip. I can’t really say more, that’s the only information I got from the medical department. “[He] is not ready [but] could be ready after that game [against Chelsea], but for that game not. It’s not serious but obviously serious enough.”
As has been the case in cup competitions this season, Klopp should ring in the changes when his side clash with Chelsea. However, instead of fielding a completely second string side, a few regulars should feature. In goal, though, Adrian should get a rare start, replacing Alisson Becker.
Milner could be an option to start as the left-back to enable Andrew Robertson to get some rest. However, Robertson should keep his place against Chelsea, with Milner featuring in the midfield. The rest of the Liverpool backline, though, should have a new look on Tuesday.
Virgil van Dijk and Dejan Lovren will make way for Gomez and Joel Matip at the heart of the Liverpool defence, with impressive youngster Neco Williams starting as the Reds’ right-back.
As iterated earlier, Milner will start in midfield, with Adam Lallana starting at the base of the three-man unit. Joining Lallana and Milner in the middle of the park, should be Curtis Jones, who has scored two of the four goals that Liverpool have scored in the FA Cup this season.
Mohamed Salah was sub-par against Watford this past weekend and could perhaps, do with some rest. However, with Harvey Elliott travelling with the Liverpool Under-19 squad to take on Benfica in the UEFA Youth League, the former Chelsea winger could start on Tuesday.
Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, though, are expected to be given a breather. In Mane’s stead, Divock Origi should start on the left side of the Liverpool attack, while Takumi Minamino will essay the false nine role in place of Firmino.
Liverpool Predicted XI: Adrian; Williams, Gomez, Matip, Robertson; Milner, Lallana, Jones; Salah, Minamino, Origi