Predicted Liverpool XI v Ludogorets: Toure & Moreno to start?

Kolo Toure Ivory Coast

Is this the starting line-up Brendan Rodgers will put out in the Champions League tomorrow night?

Brendan Rodgers is set for one of his biggest games as a manager tomorrow night and the starting line-up he picks for the Champions League clash with FC Ludogorets could be the most important of his Anfield career.

The Liverpool boss is facing increasing pressure after a poor run of results, one that has seen the Reds lose their last four games in a row, and the Merseyside club could be knocked out of Europe's elite competition if they lose in Bulgaria tomorrow.

Changes from the side that lost 3-1 to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Sunday, then, are to be expected, although Rodgers' reluctance to drop some stars may continue.

At the back, Kolo Toure must be a dead cert if the Northern Irishman wants to keep things tight. The Ivorian was superb in Liverpool's last Champions League fixture at Real Madrid but, for some reason, was dropped thereafter in favour of struggling pair Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren. Mamadou Sakho is back in training and so could make the bench.

Alberto Moreno, too, should return to the starting XI, as Glen Johnson playing at left-back appears a solution Rodgers simply cannot resort to again.

In midfield, skipper Steven Gerrard was dropped against Real Madrid but it will take a lot from the Reds boss to do the same for a potentially season-defining game like this. Emre Can could come in alongside the captain, although Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana have constantly been rotated by Rodgers in the past and could miss out.

Up front, Mario Balotelli won't travel to Bulgaria, meaning Rickie Lambert has to start following his goal against Crystal Palace. The Liverpool manager, however, could also start Fabio Borini as the need for something in the final third is imperative at Ludogorets.

Predicted Liverpool XI:

GK - Simon Mignolet

LB - Alberto Moreno

CB - Kolo Toure

CB - Martin Skrtel

RB - Javier Manquillo

CM - Joe Allen

CM - Steven Gerrard

CM - Emre Can

LW - Raheem Sterling

RW - Fabio Borini

CF - Rickie Lambert

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