The Reds are going through a tremulous run of form after failing to register a victory in last couple of fixtures.
The 2-2 draw at Anfield against Hammers on Sunday has made things look difficult for Jurgen Klopp’s men in order to challenge for the title as they are currently third in the league table with six points lower than leaders Chelsea who have managed nine successive league wins under newly appointed manager Antonio Conte. Middelsbrough, on the other hand, got promoted after seven campaigns and currently sixteenth in the league table with three points clear of relegation zone. The Boro boss Aitor Karanka is banking on his side’s home form and determined of riding up the ladder and stretch the gap with bottom three with a victory at Riverside.
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Injury Update:
In-form midfielder Gaston Ramirez won’t be risked against the Reds for sustaining a foot injury. James Husband is unavailable due to lack of match fitness. George Friend is not expected to be rushed despite returning to full training after a knee injury. But Karanka has not ruled out Alvaro Negredo yet, who will go through a late fitness test for tight hamstring.
Liverpool have been marred by injuries for yet another campaign as they will miss the services of a number of key players against Middlesbrough. Emre Can will miss the game with a knee bruise suffered at training before the West Ham fixture. Daniel Sturridge is yet to recover from his calf injury. Youngster Marko Grujic sustained a tendon injury that has ruled him out for at least a couple of weeks. Philippe Coutinho, who is sidelined with knee ligament injury, is still 3-4 weeks away from a return. Dejan Lovren had a cramp against the Hammers and was subbed off at half-time. He is a doubt as well. Forward Danny Ings is ruled out for remainder of the campaign yet again with another knee injury.
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Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Last Meeting:
Their last Premier League meeting at Riverside was on 28th February 2009 when the Reds suffered a shocking 2-0 defeat that dealt a major blow to Liverpool’s title aspirations. Xabi Alonso scored an own goal in first half and the lead was extended by Tuncay Sanli on 63rd minute. Middlesbrough managed their first win in 15 games but failed to resist a relegation scare. The Reds suffered only two defeats in that entire league campaign and this was one of them. They ended the season as runners up behind Manchester United.
Middlesbrough vs Liverpool Key Players:
Boro have a few significant absentees but former Barcelona custodian Victor Valdes has been solid so far and Karanka will rely on him to resist free-scoring Reds against his side.
Liverpool have been slightly off colored since Coutinho’s injury. However, Divock Origi is in great run of form with 4 goals in his last 4 appearances. Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino are among goals as well.
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