Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travels to Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium on Wednesday to face the home team in the English Premier League’s sixteenth round match. The Reds are stumbling for two consecutive weeks and looking to return to the victories in order not to let Chelsea and Arsenal escape in the title fight. Meanwhile, Aitor Karanka’s boron adds just three wins in this return to the top flight of English football and are dangerously close to the relegation places.
Middlesbrough host Liverpool after last weekend, having lost ground in Southampton (0-1), in a poorly played overall, and decided by a solo goal of Boufal at the start of the second part. Those commanded by Mourinho’s former assistant win only one victory in the last five games and lost 4 of the last five at home. They are now 16º, with 15 points, thanks to 3 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses, three points above the downhill. They score 13 goals scored and 16 received and are the worst attack of the competition and by far the best defense of the second half of the table. Negredo and Stuani, both sum up 3 goals and are the team’s top scorers. Precisely the international striker for Spain may be one of the news in the eleven, after losing the last match due to injury. Traoré and Downing may also appear in the starting line-up, while Friend, Ramirez and Husband are injured.
Once Probable: Valdés – Barragan, Chambers, Gibson, Fabio – Traore, Roon, Clayton, Forshaw, Downing – Negredo.
Premier-leagueThe Liverpool come to Middlesbrough after a draw at home to West Ham (2-2), in a match that started with a Lallana goal in the opening minutes and the hammers went back in the first half, Marking Origi the goal of the tie at the start of the second half. This was the second consecutive game that the Reds failed to win, after the defeat with Bournemouth (3-4) and only add 1 victory in the last 4 league duels. They are third, three points from Arsenal and six from Chelsea, having one of advantage over the City. They add 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses with 37 goals scored and 20 received, being the best attack of the competition. Sadio Mané is the top scorer of the team with 7 goals. Coutinho was also very important in the attack of the team of Jurgen Klopp, but will only return in 2017, nor being an option, like Ings, Grujic and Sturridge. Also Lovren is doubtful and may be replaced by Klavan in which will be the only change in the alignment of the German coach, regarding the match last Saturday.
Once Probable: Karius – Clyne, Klavan, Matip, Milner – Henderson, Lallana, Wijnaldum – Mané, Firmino, Origi.
Despite poor results in recent weeks, the team coached by Jurgen Klopp remains a favorite for Wednesday’s match with Middlesbrough. The reds have the best attack of the Premier and if there is the front capable of disturbing solid defense of the boron is formed by Firmino and Mané, now with the company of Origi. Thus, we can expect a match with many goals and a probable victory of the visitors.