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.
— Middlesbrough FC (@Boro) December 14, 2016
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 14, 2016
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.