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Predicted Liverpool XI to play Ludogorets - Sterling must return!

Here's the potential Liverpool team to face Ludogorets this week.

The Champions League magic returns to Anfield this week but Brendan Rodgers won’t be happy with his team.

The Reds go into their first group game of the competition against Ludogorets off the back of a home defeat to Aston Villa and Rodgers will be demanding improvements from his team.

Three points would get the side off to a good start ahead of tougher fixtures. Here’s the potential side Rodgers could opt for.

GK – Simon Mignolet

The Belgian is a well organised and consistent goalkeeper. He’ll be demanding the best from his defence throughout the game.

RB – Javi Manquillo

Will get better as the season goes on. Provides a threat for the opposition down the right.

CB – Dejan Lovren

Lovren will be demanding the back four has a better game in this match. The Croatian should relish this stage.

CB – Mamadou Sakho

The Frenchman should enjoy being a little more comfortable over the course of 90 minutes. He should mop up any aerial threat.

LB – Alberto Moreno

Moreno has a big job to do both defensively and going forward. He’ll be key in providing extra width on the left.

CM – Steven Gerrard

Gerrard will inject vital experience into this team. He knows this competition and can settle any nervous start.

CM – Adam Lallana

Lallana will probably play the furthest forward if Rodgers opts for a midfield diamond. He needs to offer control and lay on chances where possible.

RCM – Jordan Henderson

Henderson is a great player for any midfield position and any system. He works hard and is one of the most versatile players at the club.

LCM – Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian is a big attacking threat to have to the left hand side. He controls possession well and will enable the Reds to build pressure.

ST – Raheem Sterling

Benched against Aston Villa, most likely to rest him for this game. He can win this game singled handed.

ST – Mario Balotelli

The Italian should lap up this occasion and the platform of the Champions League. A goal would do him the world of good.

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