Is this how Liverpool will line up with Ings & Milner in the side?

A look at the Reds' potential XI next season - at this stage in the transfer window.

Liverpool's signings of James Milner and Danny Ings have, as always, divided opinion.

Camp one accuses the club of aiming too low, with free transfers being far from enough to challenge the top four. Camp two praises the club for signing sensibly - for a change.

In both cases, however, the sad truth for critics is that both players would improve Liverpool's current team and, based on last season, would both easily be starters.

So, in a Liverpool XI including both Milner and Ings, who else makes the cut?

Considering Milner is said to desire a place in central midfield, the following may work...

Line-up A: Mignolet, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Moreno, Henderson, Milner, Ings, Coutinho, Ibe, Sturridge.

An alternative, however, accounts for the fact neither Jordan Henderson nor Milner are particularly trained/adept as defensive midfielders. Therefore, Lucas can be brought in as a holding midfielder:

Line-up B: Mignolet, Flanagan, Sakho, Skrtel, Moreno, Lucas, Henderson, Milner, Coutinho, Ings, Sturridge.

A few considerations: young Divock Origi will likely be given a chance, while Raheem Sterling - on top form and *if* he stays at Anfield - would replace Jordon Ibe. More Liverpool signings are also almost certainly on their way.

The Reds will no doubt prefer to sign a new right-back instead of rely on Jon Flanagan due to his injury troubles. Daniel Sturridge's fitness may, too, provide further roadblocks.

One positive, however, is that there should hopefully be no more room for 25-year-old Joe Allen...

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