Duo ruled out as Klopp makes 2 changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Porto
Liverpool take on Porto in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Liverpool will be looking to take control of their Champions League quarter-final by securing a positive result over Porto at Anfield on Tuesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Goalkeeper: There is no point deliberating too long over who’ll start in goal as Alisson Becker is certain to keep his place between the sticks tomorrow night with Simon Mignolet once again on the bench.
Defence: Klopp does have a decision to make at left-back as Andrew Robertson is suspended. Alberto Moreno will be hoping for a recall but I think the Liverpool boss will turn to the dependable James Milner to fill-in. Trent Alexander-Arnold should continue at right-back as he’s become a key player for the Reds this season.
Klopp confirmed at his pre-match press conference that Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip picked up minor knocks during the win over Southampton but the Liverpool boss expects both players to be available against Porto. Dejan Lovren should therefore have to make-do with a place on the bench once again.
Joe Gomez has been stepping up his return from a fractured leg but Klopp says he wants to ease the youngster back into first team action so he’s not expected to be involved tomorrow.
Midfield: Naby Keita scored a vital equaliser during the comeback victory at Southampton on Friday night but it remains to be seen whether he did enough to keep his place. Jordan Henderson came off the bench to score the third goal and I think Klopp will recall his skipper in the middle of the park.
Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to shake-off a minor back problem to keep his place in midfield while Fabinho should continue in the holding role meaning Keita may have to settle for a place among the substitutes.
Adam Lallana missed the win at Southampton with a muscle problem and he’s not expected to be fit to return against Porto while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still working his way back to full fitness from a serious knee injury.
Attack: Liverpool will want to secure a healthy first leg lead so I don’t see Klopp taking any chances with his line-up and he’ll resist the temptation to rest any key players ahead of Sunday’s crucial Premier League clash with Chelsea.
Therefore, I expect to see Mohamed Salah once again starting in the Liverpool attack with Sadio Mane playing down the opposite flank and the duo should cause Porto plenty of problems in defence.
Roberto Firmino should complete what has been a familiar front three for the Merseysiders this season meaning Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri will have to battle for places on the bench.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up: