Wednesday 24 May 2017

Jurgen Klopp picks surprisingly youthful team for crucial away trip to Stoke

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on April 3, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 03: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner of Liverpool during a training session at Melwood Training Ground on April 3, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Mark Critchley

Roberto Firmino will join Philippe Coutinho on Liverpool's bench for Saturday's trip to Stoke City, with teenagers Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold named in the starting line-up.

James Milner, who has spent the majority of the season playing at left-back, is expected to move into midfield, with Alexander-Arnold in defence.

Coutinho was a late addition to the squad having suffered from an illness following Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Bournemouth and was not expected to start.

On Firmino, Klopp claimed that the Brazilian had been rested having "felt the intensity of last few weeks" and that his omission was "not a major issue."

Line-ups:

Stoke: Grant; Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Pieters; Shaqiri, Allen, Cameron, Arnautovic; Walters, Berahino.

Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Matip, Milner, Can, Wijnaldum, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Origi.

Substitutes: Karius, Moreno, Grujic, Sturridge, Firmino, Lucas, Coutinho

(© Independent News Service)

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