Liverpool entertain Plymouth Argyle in the 3rd Round 

It’s FA Cup weekend and Liverpool entertain Plymouth Argyle ​in the 3rd Round. Occasionally these games do throw up the odd surprise, hopefully this game won’t be one of them.

Usually Jurgen Klopp would choose his strongest team. However I’m not too convinced this time. Whilst it’s an important game there is a matter of timing.

It’s another difficult week for Klopp and the squad. After this game we play Southampton in the semi-final of the EFL Cup. Then Man Utd on the following Sunday in the league.

My Liverpool XI

I think we will see a mixture of experience and youth. Here’s my Liverpool XI to take on Plymouth Argyle. Whilst others will have their own opinions it’s going to be interesting to see who is actually selected.

Goalkeeper

Karius
Having recently been taken out of the limelight due to the individual mistakes made, I think it would be an obvious choice to select Karius on the cup again.

Defence

Moreno, Gomez, Klavan, Alexander-Arnold.
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alberto Moreno are likely to takeover as full-backs in place of Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner, who have played the vast majority of Liverpool games so far this season.

Gomez is back to fitness having played in the U23’s recently.
Joel Matip is close to returning and Lovren needing get a rest it would make sense for the no.2 centre back partnership to play.

Midfield

Stewart, Can, Ejaria
​Emre Can was really poor against Sunderland, seemingly looking almost short of match fitness. Missing some of the vital qualities that he offered last season. This game will give him a chance to regain some form and confidence. Kevin Stewart is on the edge of first team action. With Lucas looking likely to leave, he has to take these opportunities to really make Klopp think. Ovie Ejaria is one of several academy stars who could make an appearance in this game, that speaks volumes for Inglethorpe and his set up.

Attack

Lallana, Origi, Woodburn
With a shortage of attackers at the moment, Divock Origi is one of few senior faces in the side alongside. He has so much raw potential, this season he has grabbed every opportunity with both hands and looks more polished. Ben Woodburn has to be given as many opportunities like this as possible. Not necessarily as he’s knocking on the first team door, but more for his footballing education.

Lallana, whilst probably needing time off, for me has to start. He is the soul of the attacking play at the moment. Controlling the tempo and really influencing our play.

It’s going to be a good game. I personally can’t wait to watch it all unfold.
What do you think? Who would you pick?
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