4-3-3: Key Man Fit To Start | Liverpool’s Strongest Line-Up To Face PSG
Liverpool will be looking to kick off their Champions League campaign with a positive result against PSG on Tuesday. Here is our predicted team
Liverpool will be looking to kick off their Champions League campaign with a positive result when Paris Saint-Germain arrive at Anfield on Tuesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Goalkeeper: Many managers rotate their goalkeepers in the Champions League these days but I don’t see Klopp leaving Alisson Becker out against PSG as Liverpool have a tough group and they can’t afford to rest key players.
Defence: Klopp has suggested he’s ready to rotate his squad over the coming weeks as Liverpool have just started a pivotal seven-game run that will possibly define their success across three competitions.
However, the German coach is highly unlikely to rest any of his star men for this game and I expect Liverpool to field their strongest possible eleven with Klopp probably then mixing things up against Southampton next weekend.
So we should see a familiar back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andrew Robertson against PSG with the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip and Alberto Moreno vying for places among the substitutes but Dejan Lovren remains out due to an abdominal injury.
Midfield: Naby Keita was recalled for the 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday and I expect he’ll retain his place against PSG with Jordan Henderson having to make-do with a place on the bench.
James Milner was once again excellent against Spurs so he deserves to keep his place on Tuesday night while Georginio Wijnaldum also put in another outstanding performance in midfield having opened the scoring at Wembley.
Fabinho was back on the bench yesterday after not being included in the previous three matchday squads but he’s yet to make his full debut for the club so I think the Brazilian star will have to bide his time to make his first start.
Attack: The one question mark for Liverpool regards Roberto Firmino after the striker was forced off against Tottenham having been poked in the eye by Jan Vertonghen midway through the second half.
Firmino was taken to hospital to have the eye checked over by doctors and he’ll be assessed at training tomorrow but the South American was given the all-clear so I think he’ll keep his place up front against PSG.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are also likely to keep their places in attack so the likes of Xhedran Shaqiri and Daniel Sturridge will have to settle for places among the substitutes once again.
However, Adam Lallana will continue to miss out after picking up a groin injury while away with England last week.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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