Liverpool team to play Stoke: signings in line up plus surprise starters

first_img 11 10. Philippe Coutinho (left-side attack) – to see a surprise starter, click right – Liverpool player of last season will be even more important now that Raheem Sterling has been sold. 11 11 17. Mamadou Sakho (centre back) – to see who may benefit from the lack of fitness of a team-mate, click right – The Frenchman faces a battle to make the starting XI, likely going head-to-head with Dejan Lovren. 12. Joe Gomez (left back) – to see who could prove the most important man in a Red shirt, click right – Another summer signing who’s impressed in pre-season, many thought Gomez would be one for the future, but the temptation is their for Rodgers to start him ahead of Alberto Moreno. 7. James Milner (centre midfield) – to see which exciting attacking summer signing should also make his full competitive Reds debut, click the arrow above, right – Possibly the bargain signing of the summer. 11 9. Christian Benteke (striker) – to see who will join the Reds’ new forward in attack, click right – Time to start justifying that hefty price tag! 14. Jordan Henderson (centre midfield) – to see who faces a fight for a first team place, click right – The new skipper is a cert for Rodgers’ starting XI. Outside the UK? Stream Stoke City v Liverpool live on talkSPORT.com, on Sunday August 9, kick off 4pm BSTLiverpool were thrashed 6-1 by Stoke City in the final game of what was a dismal 2014/15 Premier League season for the Reds, but they have the chance of almost immediate redemption when they open the new campaign at the Britannia Stadium.Much has changed at Anfield in just three months, and not just the continued redevelopment of the Main Stand.Out has gone England attacker Raheem Sterling, sold for an initial £44m fee, which has already been reinvested in £32.5m striker Christian Benteke and Brazilian attacker Roberto Firmino, signed for £22m (potentially rising to £29m) from Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.Less expensive, but with Premier League experience and promise, Danny Ings was snapped up from Burnley for a fee to be decided by tribunal.This will be the first season since the late 1990s that Liverpool have played without Steven Gerrard in the team, replaced as captain by Jordan Henderson, while James Milner has arrived to add experience and bolster the midfield.Elsewhere, Nathaniel Clyne has arrived at right back, in place of Glen Johnson, who was snapped up by Stoke after his Liverpool contract ended. And versatile Joe Gomez was brought in from Charlton Athletic to further boost Brendan Rodgers’ defensive options.With Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan the only players ruled out by injury, Rodgers has a strong squad to choose his starting line up from.But who will get the nod at Stoke? Take a look at our possible XI in the slideshow above, listed in squad number order, and let us know the team you would pick by leaving a comment below. 20. Adam Lallana (right side attack) – to see who will be praying they get the nod at Stoke, click right – With Roberto Firmino not up to full fitness, Rodgers may opt not to throw him into the Premier League deep end, which should see Lallana join Coutinho in supporting Benteke in attack. 11 2. Nathaniel Clyne (right back) – take a look at the full line up, in squad number order, by clicking the arrow above! And let us know what you think of our predicted team by leaving a comment below – The summer signing has looked impressive in pre-season and should get his full competitive debut at Stoke. Remember when the Reds played Emre Can at right-back at the Britannia Stadium? Those days are gone, thankfully, if you’re a Reds fan! 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) – to see which player is now a senior pro for the Reds, click right – The Belgian remains Liverpool’s first choice between the posts. 11 11 21. Lucas (defensive midfield) – to see who Liverpool fans will be hoping improves a lot this season, click right – Henderson and Milner are sure things in the Reds’ midfield, and with Rodgers favouring a 4-3-3 system, the third midfield spot is up for grabs. Expect Lucas and Emre Can to fight it out for the holding role. 11 11 11 37. Martin Skrtel (centre back) – what line up would you pick? Comment below – After Lucas, Skrtel is Liverpool’s next longest serving player and is now the first choice centre back.last_img read more

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