Marcelo Bielsa says he intends to play at QPR - BPF, Shackleton, Halme, Ayling, Davis, Forshaw, Baker, Roberts, Alioski, Clarke & Harrison as centre forward
Bielsa gave an explanation as to why each player will start as he says it’s important to show he is respecting the competition & the fans “who have a special link to the shirt & we must not betray that.” #l
No news of new signings yet but he recognises with Blackman & Saiz gone that #lufc is looking to replace in those areas. He has total trust in Victor Orta to find the right players “provided they add quality to the squad... If we don’t add then we have enough to see us through”
Liam Cooper set to play for the U23s at Hull on Monday. Tom Pearce is ready for first team action after injury. Stuart Dallas’ bone in his foot is well on the mend & he trained today. Izzy Brown is fit but will be ready mid Feb for 1st team action.
Bielsa explanation on team selection:
I'm going to tell you who will start. Peacock-Farrell, Shackleton at right-back, Halme because Jansson will train normally from Monday or Tuesday. Ayling will play too. Davis will play too because Douglas is injured and it's a player who is going to be missing for a while, it's a muscular injury. It's not that serious because he could finish against Nottingham. Forshaw will play as a number four, Baker will play as a number eight, Klich has played 36 games so will be rested. Pablo too will have a rest. Tyler Roberts will play and for the three offensive players Harrison, Clarke and Alioski will play. Bamford is not present I am interested in seeing Harrison as a number nine. When he played there he scored a goal.