Liverpool took on Plymouth in the FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday night in a bid to win their first competitive game of 2017. They started off stronger scoring the first goal inside first 20 minutes thanks to header from Lucas Leiva who scored his first goal for the club in nearly 6 years. Plymouth had their chances to equalize but they lacked conviction infront of the goal. Overall Liverpool were in commanding position with that 1-0 lead away from home.
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Liverpool Highlights
[ English FA Cup 2017 – Third Round Replay ]
19′ 0 – 1 Lucas Leiva scored in just 19th minute of the game to put Liverpool 1-0 up and secure that important away goal. It was his first goal for Liverpool in nearly 6 years.
We can expect number of changes in Liverpool starting lineup some forced and some tactical. Loris Karius is set to start after missing out last couple of weeks action and this will be important game in his Liverpool career if he were to replace Simon Mignolet as first team keeper. Sadio Mane is off to international duty with Africa Cup of Nations while Klopp is likely to rest the likes of Henderson, Firmino and Lallana and we can expect some youngsters starting on Sunday.
Derek Adams, Plymouth manager is hopeful for a good performance and he will have the services of their star man in Graham Carey in a bid to get surprise result at anfield. Liverpool on current form playing at home should prove too much for the visitors.
Team News & Lineups: Joe Gomez who has returned to first team training after an year out due to injury is likely to start for Liverpool. There are several injury worries for Klopp with James Milner, Daniel Sturridge, Philipe Coutinho all ruled out while Henderson and Joel Matip are also set to miss out from this FA Cup tie. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Sunday evening.
Predictions: Liverpool playing at home will have a massive advantage but if they are severly under strength I can see a shock result at Anfield. It all depends what kind of team Klopp put going into the match. However its hard to see Liverpool losing if they got the balance right with some youngsters and experienced players playing together. I am going with a 2-1 win for Liverpool in this one.