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This is the game nobody wanted unless you happen to be an U23 player with a chance to play in front of a big crowd at Anfield. I thought there were first team players who could benefit from playing in this one but Klopp has decided to make a stand and maybe the U23 lads can produce a more cohesive performance than a mix and match team. The U23 team that beat Arsenal on Saturday was lacking eleven regulars so it is a fair bet the missing lads will all start, which will give us a stronger team than faced Villa in the League Cup. I suggest the team will be:
Williams Hoever VanDemBerg ?
Clarkson Chirivella Jones
Eliott Hardy Millar
The ? at left back is because first choice Larouci was injured in a mid-week game last week and is a doubt. Lewis would be the natural cover but he is only just working back to fitness after a long-term injury. So the other alternatives are Gallagher or Norris.
The above team is very similar to the one I saw taking apart Southampton U23s a couple of weeks ago (5-0) and is a very good one at U23 level. Whether their natural ability can overcome Shrewsbury's greater physicality is the big question. Personally I doubt it. I think that Shrewsbury will be too strong for them especially from set pieces which we don't defend particularly well. However, I look forward in the hope that I am wrong. Whatever the outcome we can be sure that the young lads will give 100% and won't go down without a fight.