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HYS: Should Liverpool start Woodburn in Premier League game against Stoke?

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp faces a team selection dilemma this weekend as he has one eye on next Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg against Roma.

The Merseyside outfit have one foot in the final following a 5-2 victory over the Italian giants at Anfield.

For around 70 minutes, the Reds were at their scintillating best as Mohamed Salah brought his goal tally up to 43 in all competitions, while Roberto Firmino scored twice and Sadio Mane also got on the scoresheet.

Liverpool were initially 5-0 up, but there was a twist in the tale when Roma struck two late away goals to give them a glimmer of hope.

Despite the Champions League being the Reds’ main focus, they still have work to do to qualify for next season’s competition as they currently sit third in the Premier League table, eight points above fifth-placed Chelsea with three games left to play.

On Saturday in the lunchtime kickoff, Liverpool will take on Stoke City at Anfield, and Klopp has a conundrum to solve in midfield.

During Tuesday’s match against Roma, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered an injury that will keep him out for the rest of the campaign, as well as the World Cup in Russia.

This means that Liverpool have just three experienced midfielders available in Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum.

With Klopp likely to want fresh legs for the trip to Italy in midweek, he may opt against starting all three against the Potters.

Instead, perhaps 18-year-old Ben Woodburn should be given a chance to feature this weekend.

The seven-capped Wales international predominantly plays in a forward role, but for the Under-23s this season, he has featured numerous times in midfield.

Woodburn has had very limited game time under Klopp in the 2017-18 campaign having failed to rack up a single minute in the Premier League, and instead featuring just once as a substitute in the Carabao Cup.

With the enormity of the Champions League semi-final second leg around the corner, ¬†should Liverpool put faith in Woodburn for this weekend’s match against Stoke?

Let us know by voting below…

Article title: HYS: Should Liverpool start Woodburn in Premier League game against Stoke?

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