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Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will return to Liverpool’s starting lineup at Stoke, but will the duo feature in a full-strength side or another rotated XI?

A return to winning ways will be Jurgen Klopp’s order of the day following frustrating successive draws.

Wednesday’s clash presents the opening fixture of a potentially rewarding run for the Reds, who will be eyeing a consistent spell of winning form to make advancements in the top-four race.

Klopp sprung a big surprise by rotating against Chelsea, but doing that means the boss can restore his side to full strength for the first match of this potentially profitable streak.

Indeed, refreshed key men—including Mane and Firmino—are set to return to the team as Liverpool look to kick off with a crucial victory against the Potters.

 

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MOSCOW, RUSSIA - Tuesday, September 26, 2017: Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Spartak Moscow and Liverpool at the Otkrytie Arena. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It was widely expected that this would be the game in which Klopp would rotate, but the German surprisingly did so for Chelsea’s Anfield arrival.

On reflection that decision could be viewed as shrewd, allowing the Reds to be restored to maximum strength for a more winnable game.

Klopp has strongly suggested this will happen having said in his press conference only a small number of changes will arrive and Mane and Firmino are very likely to start.

As a result, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sturridge will almost certainly drop back to the bench as the front line is restored to full power.

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