Now for the second part of my strongest Liverpool XI, when all players in the first team squad are fit and available to play.
Next up is the front line. Not an easy task trying to pick a front three from Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Sadio Mané, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings (I’m including Ings as this is a team selection with everyone fit)
Looking at that selection of attackers makes this selection the hardest of all. As I’m not a fan of Daniel Sturridge, he’s benched straight away. Ings the same as I don’t feel he offers the same attacking threat as say Origi or Coutinho.
That leaves me with Origi, Coutinho, Firmino and Mané left to fill the front three. For some this would be an easy choice with Origi missing out, again if all the players were fit, but his current run of form makes him hard to ignore.
At 21 Origi has the whole world ahead of him. He’s also currently on a run of 5 goals from 6 games which is impressive by any standards.
He’s big, strong and is able to act as a target man for Liverpool attacks. He’s also quick with his feet and has the ability to bamboozle opposition defenders.
Not forgetting Liverpool’s Brazilian duo, Coutinho and Firmino. Both players are playing out of their skins this season, with Coutinho in particular atttacting attention from the likes PSG and Barcelona. Although he’s currently injured his loss has been felt by the team.
Firmino, he’s been one of Liverpool’s top three players so far this season. Although he’s gone off the boil lately after being moved out on to the wing to accommodate Origi’s place in the team, he has the ability to produce that piece of magic that can unlock a stubborn defence.
While playing through the centre of the front three, Firmino knew his role but since he has been playing on the wing, he’s looked lost.
He looks like he doesn’t know his role in the team anymore. Hopefully Klopp can again get the best out of the Brazilian over the next few games.
That just leaves Sadio Mané. The Senegalese midfielder has been a revelation since his summer move from Liverpool’s feeder club, or as their fans call it Southampton. He settled in to the Liverpool straight away and showed why Klopp has chased him since his Borussia Dortmund days.
Like Matip and Lallana, Mané after 16 games has become an integral part of this seasons Liverpool team.
When he missed the Burnley game, a game Liverpool lost 2-0, Liverpool sensed to lack bite in attack and fans couldn’t wait to have him back in the team.
Although he had a few bad games this season most notably between the West Bromich Albion and Bournemouth, against Middlesborough he was back to his best. Then there was that goal against Everton this week!
His participation in this winters African Cup of Nationa, fans have been screaming out for Klopp to dip in to the transfer market to replace the Senegalese midfielder.
One could also add Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria to this list but neither youngster have played enough this season to be deemed regular starters for Liverpool just yet.
The front three selection is the one I have been struggling with. As I already said Firmino and Coutinho are definite starters, that just leaves the final place between Mané and Origi. For me though it has to be and again I’ve struggled with this, Origi.
He is Liverpool’s future. If he can keep up the scoring form he’s currently on he may just pass the 20 goal mark this season, something no Liverpool forward his done since the SAS partnership back in 2014.
So here it is, my strongest Liverpool XI is; Karius, Clyne, Klaven, Matip, Moreno, Lallana, Can, Henderson, Coutinho, Origi, Firmino – that’s with everyone fit of course.
That leaves a strong bench which includes; Mignolet, Lovren, Lucas, Wijnaldum, Sturridge, Ings and Milner. That’s not a bad match day squad by any ones standards.
Written by @TheMoanyOne