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Predicted starting eleven for EFL third round tie with Derby

Goalkeeper

Loris Karius

This is certain to happen, as Klopp has already stated Karius will make his debut later on. A cup game is the right moment to throw in Karius without too much pressure on him. Joel Matip made his debut in the EFL cup tie against Burton Albion and has started every game since then so Karius needs a good solid game here to really put the pressure on Simon Mignolet.

Defence

National Clyne

Clyne seems to start every game for Liverpool and so rarely misses a game. We are so thin in this area that Clyne can’t be rested too many times at all. Our back up right back options are youngsters Conor Randall and Trent Alexandre Arnold so we are very thin in this area so I expect Clyne to start again.

Lucas Leiva

Klopp may choose to rest first choice centre back pairing Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren for this cup game and give other players a chance. Lovren has only just recovered from an eye injury and Matip iis only just reaching full match fitness. There is a case for Mamadou Sakho  to start this game but he isn’t fully match fit yet so I expect Lucas to get the nod.

Ragnar Klaven

Klaven started our first two league games of the season but since then Joel Matip has replaced him as most people expected. Klaven picked up a injury on the recent international break for Estonia and this is why he hasn’t featured on the bench either.

Alberto Moreno

James Milner has replaced Moreno as our starting left back but is now 32 years old so he could do with a deserved rest. This offers a big opportunity to the much maligned Spanish fullback to prove to Klopp he can improve defensively and grow into the role.

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Dominant young Reds stroll to victory – Liverpool 5 – 0 Fleetwood town

Liverpool strolled to victory over Fleetwood town as Gruic, Woodburn, Lucas and two goals from Firmino secured our second preseason win in a row.

First half team

Karius – 6.0

Just like in the 1-0 win over Tranmere Rovers another very assured performance but really not at all tested. Looks good with his feet and his delivery also looks to be a improvement on Mignolets. We need to see how he is at shot stopping and decision making to fully judge him, the upcoming games later on in preseason should test him.

Jon Flanagan – 6.2

Flanagan is easing himself back and hopefully gets a full preseason behind him, tonight he didn’t put a foot wrong and got forward quite a lot. Wasn’t tested massively defensively where he is better so a easy night for the scouse fullback.

Joel Matip – 6.5

Fleetwood didn’t impose themselves on the game so Matip has another game to comfortably bed into the side. Looks like he is extremely composed on the ball as he wasn’t frightened to take a couple of risks he is capable off. Defensively he handled everything but won’t be his most stressful game in a Liverpool shirt.

Dejan Lovren – 6.5

A very similar performance to Matip as these two look like they are building the basis of their relationship on the pitch as they both should start against Arsenal on the opening day. Composed on the ball and defensively sound but wasn’t tested.

Alberto Moreno – 7.5

With no pressure on him defensively he thrives, Fleetwood sat back and didn’t offer a lot going forward so Moreno could do what he does best and he just attacked. Overlapped Mane on the left hand side constantly and troubled their right back for 45 minutes. Got the assist for Grujic after a fantastic ball into the box and was creative as normal. If he can improve defensively he would be a massive player for Liverpool in the future.

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