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Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend

The post-Coutinho era begins for Liverpool, Sam Allardyce looks to impress at Wembley and the underrated Riyad Mahrez has a chance to shine

It is time for Liverpool to move on from Philippe Coutinho and what a way to start that process – a visit from runaway league leaders, Manchester City. The nature of the opponent means Jürgen Klopp may decide to play things safer than normal, and specifically in midfield – deploying former City player James Milner alongside, say, Georginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can. Alternatively, Klopp may decide to be Klopp and simply go for it. That could be revealing in terms of how he sees the centre of his team shaping up post-Coutinho. There has been talk of a specific player having been targeted to fill the gap, but in the short term Klopp will have to look from within, which will likely mean a place for the fit-again Adam Lallana. The more interesting choice would arguably be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who after a slow start to life at Anfield has impressed on a consistent basis. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s desire is to play centrally regularly and he may now get his wish, starting with Sunday’s mouthwatering contest. SN

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