Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund: How Reds Will Line Up in Pre-Season Friendly

Matt Ladson@mattladsonFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2014

Liverpool vs. Borussia Dortmund: How Reds Will Line Up in Pre-Season Friendly

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    Liverpool host German side Borussia Dortmund at Anfield on Sunday (12.45 p.m. BST kick-off) in their final pre-season game before hosting Southampton in the Premier League seven days later.

    Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp are two young, modern managers who have each transformed their respective clubs since taking charge and could meet in the Champions League this season.

    These two sides—whose supporters share a common bond over the singing of "You'll Never Walk Alone"—last met back in 2001. Goals from Vladimir Smicer and Stephen Wright gave the Reds the victory in the Champions League group game then.

    Now all eyes will be on Liverpool's lineup to see how Rodgers may set up his side this coming campaign. Having played 4-3-3 predominantly during pre-season, the boss is expected to use his preferred shape in 2014/15.

    Here's how Liverpool could line up on Sunday.

GK: Simon Mignolet

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    Entering his second campaign at Liverpool, Simon Mignolet is the club's No. 1 goalkeeper, especially given Pepe Reina's departure for Bayern Munich.

    Since he last lined up at Anfield, Mignolet has been part of the Belgium squad at the World Cup and saved two penalties in the friendly with Manchester City in New York.

RB: Javier Manquillo

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    The most recent of the seven new signings this summer, Javier Manquillo could make his first appearance for the club.

    The 20-year-old lined up at right-back at open training at Anfield on Friday morning, and his place would be at the expense of Martin Kelly.

    Jon Flanagan is out of the match through injury, while Andre Wisdom is on a season-long loan to West Brom.

    Meanwhile, Glen Johnson is expected to start at left-back...

LB: Glen Johnson

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    With Flanagan injured and no new left-back yet to arrive at Anfield, Johnson will get the nod ahead of Jose Enrique—who is still far from full fitness after his ACL injury last season.

CB: Martin Skrtel

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    Martin Skrtel enjoyed a resurgent 2013/14 campaign and will be looking to continue his form into the new season.

CB: Dejan Lovren

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    Skrtel will line up alongside new signing Dejan Lovren, who is yet to appear for the club since his £20 million move from Southampton due to visa issues not allowing him to join the squad in the USA.

    Lovren is capable of playing at left or right centre-back and will compete with Skrtel and Sakho as a starter this season. The match on Sunday will be his first opportunity to build fitness ahead of the new campaign.

CM: Steven Gerrard

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    Now 34 years old, captain Steven Gerrard remains a key man at Anfield. He'll continue in the holding midfield role of Liverpool's midfield three.

CM: Jordan Henderson

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    Ahead of Gerrard will be the energetic Jordan Henderson, who had a superb 2013/14 season. He looks ready and raring to go again this year after impressing in pre-season, too.

CM: Emre Can

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    New signing Emre Can will compete with Joe Allen for the third place in midfield. The robust German has shown some encouraging signs in pre-season and may surprise a few at Anfield this season.

FWD: Philippe Coutinho

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    On one side of Liverpool's attack will be Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian magician has been the standout performer in pre-season, and his role looks set to increase this season.

FWD: Daniel Sturridge

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    Centre-forward Daniel Sturridge missed the last two tour games in the USA due to a slight hamstring injury but should be fit for Sunday.

    In the wake of Luis Suarez's departure, Sturridge's form and fitness this season will be crucial for Liverpool.

FWD: Raheem Sterling

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    The third forward will be Raheem Sterling. The 19-year-old linked up expertly with Coutinho during the defeat to Manchester United in Miami and is another whose role will increase in the wake of Suarez's departure.


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    That means Rickie Lambert will get his first action at Anfield as a Liverpool player from the bench—something that is sure to get the Anfield faithful on their feet.

    With Lazar Markovic having sat out training on Friday, Reds' fans will have to wait for a first glimpse of the exciting Serbian winger.

    Subs from:

    Brad Jones, Joe Allen, Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho, Kolo Toure, Lucas Leiva, Suso, Rickie Lambert, Jordon Ibe, Kristoffer Peterson.