Klopp makes 2 changes, Lallana dropped: Liverpool’s predicted XI to face Sheffield Utd – opinion

Liverpool welcome Sheffield United to Anfield this evening for their first Premier League encounter of the new year.

2020 promises to be the year when the Reds finally end their Premier League hoodoo but they will certainly have their eye on two more trophies which remain up for grabs.

Jurgen Klopp’s men get their FA Cup campaign underway in a Merseyside derby clash on Sunday just three days after facing the Blades, and that is likely to influence the manager’s thinking this evening.

Claiming the league title will certainly be the priority even with bragging rights on the line this weekend, but we expect the German to make two key changes to the side that beat Wolves prior to the turn of the year.

Here’s how we expect Liverpool to line up tonight.

The two players omitted from the starting XI are Adam Lallana and Andrew Robertson.

The flying Scotsman is rarely dropped from the starting lineup but he wasn’t at his sharpest against Wolves last time out.

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After playing 210 minutes in Qatar and then a further 180 minutes in back-to-back Premier League fixtures between Christmas and New Year, Robertson could do with a rest ahead of Everton’s trip to Anfield.

In the absence of a natural left-back alternative, James Milner steps in to fill the void and make only his sixth league start of the season.

Elsewhere, Naby Keita returns to the midfield in place of Adam Lallana, who is yet to start in two consecutive league matches this season.

He will most likely be kept fresh for the FA Cup fixture on Sunday.

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