Liverpool Fans Can't Quite Believe Their Starting Line Up
One criticism that has been laid at the feet of Liverpool this season is the lack in strength in depth, especially up front. Their starting line up against Stoke today proves that theory.
Liverpool have generally been good again this season, especially able to get up for games against the big six, where they've picked up more points than their rivals.
However Jurgen Klopp's side are not in the title race and still have work to do between now and the end of the season if they want to regain Champions League football for next season.
Mane has been brilliant for Klopp this season. Image: PA Images
Part of the reason for that was the run of form they went on at the beginning of the year when they were without the influential and brilliant Sadio Mane who was at the African Cup of Nations.
The Senegal forward went off injured in last week's win in the Merseyside derby, putting him out for the rest of the season. However against Stoke today Jurgen Klopp has decided to further hamper himself by leaving out Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as well:
Whilst the addition of two academy players might excite fans they are also a bit baffled and worried about the lack of their three best attacking players, especially with Adam Lallana already out with an injury:
They'll be plenty of people eating their words if Klopp does pull this off of course.
It does ask huge questions over what the German thinks of Daniel Sturridge as the English striker sits on the bench with 17 year old Ben Woodburn and 18 year old Trent Alexander-Arnold picked ahead of him.