After months of waiting, the start of the Premier League season is here, and while it’s tough to predict any sides’ starting XI, Liverpool throw up a very unique set of circumstances. An extremely busy summer at Anfield has taken place, with Kop legend Steven Gerrard and starlet Raheem Sterling having both left, while lavish sums of money have been cast out from Merseyside to snare top talents such as Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke. Rolled into this are the captures of James Milner and the rise of Jordon Ibe in pre-season, so we’re sure Brendan Rodgers has been up late into the night shifting salt and pepper pots on his kitchen table to try and come up with a balanced and effective XI.
And it’s not just the Northern Irishman who’s been giving it some serious thought, with Liverpool legend John Barnes also clear on how he wants his old side to line up as they attempt to avenge that 6-1 drubbing at Stoke. The former England international, and Brand Ambassador for TitanBet.co.uk – Click here to get £20 free bet when you deposit and bet £10. 18+, terms apply – said: “I would go with Lallana, Benteke, Firmino. Lallana on the left, Benteke down the middle, Firmino on the right, the top three.”
The rest of Barnes’ XI is a little controversial, too, with the likes of Mamadou Sakho missing out, while Alberto Moreno is given the nod ahead of pre-season starlet, Joe Gomez.
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