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Jurgen Klopp reflects on Roberto Firmino as Liverpool prepares to rethink the midfield

Liverpool responded to their defeat at Manchester City by saying goodbye to Aston Villa at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds took their time but eventually won 2-0 to move within 11 points of a century with five games remaining.

The new champions continue their victory lap when they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Wednesday evening.

Jurgen Klopp will now consider his options to resume rotation on the weekend.

And here we look forward to the changes that the Reds boss could make when Liverpool is next in action.

Milner hovering

Liverpool eventually maintained faith against Villa with the same defense that had leaked four times to Etihad three days earlier.

With Joel Matip injured and Dejan in trouble, there are unlikely to be any alterations in the heart of the bottom line.

Neco Williams is still knocking on the door to start replacing Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right back.

However, it is more likely that James Milner, now expected to be available after getting lost on the weekend with a muscle complaint, could replace Andy Robertson on the left back.

Naby Keita was the protagonist of most of Liverpool's victory over Aston Villa on Sunday
Naby Keita was the protagonist of most of Liverpool’s victory over Aston Villa on Sunday

Poser midfielder

Klopp has started filming his engine room since the Premier League resumed last month.

Against Villa, Fabinho was joined by Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

In the end, however, the young scorer Curtis Jones had been presented in midfield together with Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum.

All three will push to start Amex, although Jones may settle for the bench.

Firmino or not?

Roberto Firmino was among the substitutes against Villa, but he made the difference when the Divock Origi arrived below par and is ready to return from the beginning.

Takumi Minamino has not made an appearance and would benefit from more minutes, even if Xherdan Shaqiri – returned to the bench for the first time since January – is probably very likely that he will be able to escape to the maximum.

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Sadio Mane is the only Liverpool striker who hasn’t been rested since the action started again, and he could be the one to make headway if Klopp were to further rotate his line of progress.

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