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I'd not start Allen. I'm still a fan of his, but to be honest his form and confidence have dipped, and we need men who can stand up tomorrow night, not someone trying to play his way back to form. For me, while I agree much of this comes down to which Suarez (clinical or wasteful) shows up, controlling the center like in most matches is where this will be decided.
Therefore I'd go with Lucas and Gerrard to hold. For me it’s our best combination, it’s technically good but also physically strong. If we control the center it increases our chances of keeping a clean sheet, plus it’s the engine for creating the chances we hope Suarez puts away.
Wide I'd go with Sterling; I've just got a feeling. I'm hoping he was watching our new Brazilian on Sunday and told himself he needs to step up if he wants to keep a regular starting berth in the first team. Unless we win tomorrow, Coutinho will be eligible for every match from now till the end of the season, so this is Raheem’s chance to stand up and tell the manager that's my spot.
That still leaves the dilemma of who to play behind Suarez. I'd agree JonJo fluffed his lines last week, but for me he's still the most natural choice, as Hendo is much better at sitting deeper. But I'd go with confidence, and since Hendo got his goal a couple weeks back, he seems to have found something extra. As always he's working his socks off (Kuyt like) but it seems more is coming from his efforts lately, so think I'd give him the nod.
I was a bit sat on the fence to go with Sterling or Allen, for me, they are both very much in the same sort of form. Sterling has been gradually less and less effective, I know he hasnt started as much, perhaps it is that there was less pressure when he knew he was starting every game. The more I think about it the more I think it will be Hendo in behind Suaro with Sterling out wide, it does make a lot of sense. Zenit dont have much in defence, they can definitely be got at.