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Liverpool Matchday: Dejan Lovren can’t start later today

Liverpool Matchday: Dejan Lovren can’t start later today - Liverpool

Back on top of the Premier League and a 2-0 lead going into the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final, it really is looking to be one hell of a season for Jürgen Klopp and his Liverpool side. 

However, we have seen this before haven’t we?

Liverpool top of the league and Chelsea come to town, this is the exact replica of THAT game in the 2013/14 season and many Liverpool fans will be praying they don’t see another fatal mistake like they saw from club legend Steven Gerrard.

Jürgen Klopp will be well aware of the stakes that this game has, here we take a look at a couple of changes the German should make with Liverpool’s title hopes at stake.

Drop Dejan Lovren 

Despite featuring in the Champions League for the Reds, there will be no surprise to see the Croatian defender back on the bench for the all-important Premier League clash with Chelsea later today.

We have seen time and time again Lovren not rising to the occasion for Liverpool, with one of the most recent being substituted after 30 minutes against Tottenham last season due to not be able to cope with Harry Kane.

Lovren, who is valued at £18 million (by Transfermarkt), will have to go a long way to prove to Jürgen Klopp that he can be trusted in the big games again, however this big game may have come just too soon.

Start Joel Matip 

With Joe Gomez still recovering from his ankle surgery, Joel Matip seems the most trustworthy player to put in next to Liverpool star man Van Dijk. Matip and Van Dijk have really struck up a solid defensive partnership over the course of this season, making life very easy for Alisson in goal.

With Liverpool only conceding 11 goals in the 14 games Matip has started alongside Van Dijk this season, it really is a no brainer for the German manager on who to pick to stop the likes of Hazard and Higuain later today.

We are in for a true Premier League classic.

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