Middlesbrough vs. Liverpool – Confirmed starting XIs

With Arsenal having slipped up at Everton last night, the onus is really on Liverpool to get a win at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

The Reds’ title-chasing form has dipped of late with just one point gathered from their last two games against Bournemouth and West Ham, but they have a squad capable of getting a victory, even if their record on Teesside makes for grim reading.

Although few are giving Aitor Karanka’s Boro much of a chance against Liverpool, the North East side can look back at results against Manchester City and Arsenal for inspiration. Indeed, the newly-promoted side managed creditable draws at both the aforementioned clubs’ home grounds, showing that they can mix it with the big boys.

Boro have been boosted by the return of Alvaro Negredo. The Spaniard was a fitness doubt, but has recovered in time to feature. However, Gaston Ramirez remains sidelined.

The big news from the Liverpool camp is Simon Mignolet’s inclusion over under-fire goalkeeper Loris Karius. Teenage striker Ben Woodburn is once again on the bench.