Sunday 17 December 2017

What will be Liverpool's best starting XI next season?

Brendan Rodgers' will have the daunting task of figuring out Liverpool's best team
Brendan Rodgers' will have the daunting task of figuring out Liverpool's best team
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

After the capture of Dejan Lovren today we ask what will be Liverpool's best XI next season?

Goalkeeper: Simon Mignolet

The Belgian netminder did have some shaky moments towards the end of last season but will keep his place between the sticks with the Reds.

Simon Mignolet has kept just three clean sheets in 18 games

Left-back: Jon Flanagan/Jose Enrique/Alberto Moreno

Jon Flanagan was deployed at left-back for most of last season after the injury picked up by Spanish defender Jose Enrique and his tough tackling approach earned him a lot of admirers. Sevilla's Alberto Moreno is a transfer target and if he arrives, you would expect him to come into the team.

Liverpool's pursuit of Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno appears to be over

Centre back: Martin Skrtel

The 29-year-old Slovakian was a hugely influential figure last season and a major goal threat from set-pieces. There has been speculation linking him with a move to Galatasaray but with two years left on his contract, it is highly unlikely that Brendan Rodgers will let him go.

Martin Skrtel netted twice in the early stages

Centre back: Mamadou Sakho/ Dejan Lovren

Prone to errors but Mamadou Sakho is very physical and deserves another chance especially considering the fact that he is much better than Daniel Agger and Kolo Toure. Sakho could find himself benched now that Liverpool and Southampton have agreed a £20m fee for Croatian Dejan Lovren.

Dejan Lovren wants to join Liverpool

Right-back: Glen Johnson/Jon Flanagan

Glen Johnson's erratic form for Liverpool has meant that there is a lot of speculation surrounding his future. Flanagan can play on both flanks. Rodgers may dabble in the transfer window again to fill this position.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson insists the players are professional enough to get the job done in the quest for the title

Holding midfielder: Steven Gerrard

Brendan Rodgers has created a role which gets the best out of the Liverpool skipper and he will no doubt hold it.

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is a hero of Uke Krasniqi from Kosovo

Holding midfielder: Jordan Henderson/Emre Can/Lucas

Henderson blossomed last season and his partnership with Gerrard was formidable. Emre Can arrives from Bayer Leverkusen with a big reputation and as the season progresses you can expect him to push Henderson for his starting berth. Lucas could see himself become surplus to requirements.

Liverpool's new signing Emre Can

Attacking midfielder: Lazar Markovic

The £20m signing from Benfica is lightning fast and has goals in him (seven for Benfica last season). Technically impressive, he should be able to force his way into the team.

Lazar Markovic

Attacking midfiedler: Philippe Coutinho

A travesty that he wasn't selected for the Brazilian World cup squad. His speed, vision and determination made him one of Liverpool's most potent weapons last season.

Liverpool's Phillippe Coutinho celebrates after he scores his teams third goal during the Barclays Premier League match at Anfield. Photo: PA

Attacking midfielder: Raheem Sterling/Adam Lallana

England internationals Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana could find themselves in competition for the Reds next season. Sterling was awesome at times last season against Liverpool's biggest rivals. Lallana was substituted regularly last season by Pochettino and rarely played 90 minutes and it may be case of Lallana replacing Sterling and vice-versa next season.

Adam Lallana

Striker: Daniel Sturridge/Rickie Lambert/Divock Origi/Loic Remy

When at Anfield you would expect that they would play with two strikers. Daniel Sturridge scored 21 league goals last season and was a huge threat whether he was partnered with Luis Suarez or not. Rickie Lambert gives Liverpool options regarding style and coming from Southampton he will slot seamlessly into Liverpool's high tempo style. Belgian teen Divock Origi and Loic Remy will give Rodgers further selection headaches when they complete their moves.

Daniel Sturridge

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