Three Liverpool players who must be dropped against Ludogorets

Liverpool were poor against Crystal Palace, so here's a look at how they should change it around against Ludogorets in the Champions League.

Liverpool are not in a good moment right now, and it could be about to get worse.

The Reds travel to Bulgaria this week to face Razgrad Ludogorets in the Champions League, knowing a defeat could send them to the bottom of the group and result in further humiliation.

With manager Brendan Rodgers increasing the pressure by admitting his job is at risk, somewhat melodramatically, here's a look at three players they should axe to mix it up and improve their chances. 

Glen Johnson

Previously England's first choice right-back, Johnson finds himself shunted around with regularity for Liverpool, which is not doing himself or his teammates any good. Liverpool should bring Alberto Moreno in for Johnson at left-back, to have the Spaniard, unlike Johnson, playing in his natural position. Javier Manquillo didn't have a bad game against Palace, and deserves to keep his place ahead of Johnson.

Dejan Lovren

How many Liverpool fans can bear to watch Dejan Lovren in defence right now after his awful start to the season? He may recover, but now is the time to give him a break from the side. Mamadou Sakho is still likely to miss out through injury, so Kolo Toure should come in, after impressing against Real Madrid in the last match in the Champions League.


Brazilian attacker Coutinho is having a dreadful season so far, failing to register a single assist. He was off the pace against Crystal Palace, doing little to suggest he deserves to keep his place. Liverpool have options to change it around, Lazar Markovic could come in but he too is unconvincing. The Reds could bring Steven Gerrard into an advanced position and play Lucas Leiva in the holding role.

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