The win against Burnley has put us under less pressure for this game. If we had dropped points against Burnley then this would have been a must win but I think we can afford a draw now. The pressure is on City.
A big improvement from Sunday is needed though. Although we got three points, we were nowhere near our best and the lads need a kick up the arse for this one. Whenever we've played against the top 6 this season we've done extremely well so I'm hopeful, and confident, we can keep that run going.
Onto the team. Even with the possibility of Lovren returning I don't see any reason why Jürgen should change his back five. We've just had back to back wins so keep things how they are please boss.
The midfield three also picks itself. I'm not a fan of Emre Can at all but with Hendo missing he keeps his place. Lucas doesn't have the legs for this fixture and besides, that goal he scored on Sunday might give him some much needed confidence. Emre is due a huge game for us and I can't think of a better game for him to grab it by the scruff of the neck and dominate the midfield. Come on son show us what you can do. Lallana and Wijnaldum come in alongside him. I trust Lallana to have a good game, he usually does in the 'big games' but Wijnaldum has the habit of going missing away from home at times, we need a big performance from him too if we are going to get anything from this game.
I don't know the circumstances with Firmino at the moment but if he is available then he comes in alongside Mane and Coutinho. Origi was very disappointing on Sunday. Coutinho was too, but he comes to life a bit when Firmino is around him. Origi has a big part to play in this game though, if we are winning and we need somebody to come on and hold the ball up to see the game out then he is the perfect substitute, so keep warm mate you'll be needed.
Clyne Matip Klavan Milner
Mane Firmino Coutinho
Come on reds, 3 points would do wonders!