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TEAM NEWS: Mane starts as Klopp fields Liverpool’s best attack at Hull

17:00 EAT 04/02/2017
Sadio Mane Philippe Coutinho Roberto Firmino Liverpool
The Reds are able to start their best forwards in unison for only the eighth time in the top-flight this season, but there are two setbacks in defence

Jurgen Klopp has finally been able to field his strongest attack after a 90-day wait with Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana all in the starting XI against Hull City.

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The last fixture that saw the explosive quartet operate in tandem was the 6-1 dispatching of Watford on November 6. This is only the eighth Premier League game they have started together, the previous seven producing six victories and a draw as well as 24 goals. 

But while the Reds boss is unhindered with his selections in attack, there have been two setbacks in defence with Dejan Lovren nursing a sore knee while Ragnar Klavan is ill. Lucas slots in at centre-back alongside Joel Matip in the absence of the Croatian, while Joe Gomez is named in reserve.

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Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

Liverpool subs: Karius, Moreno, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold, Wijnaldum, Origi, Sturridge