Double injury boost as Klopp makes 3 changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Barca
Liverpool take on Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at the Nou Camp on Wednesday. Here is the team we think Klopp will pick
Liverpool will look to bring home a positive result from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with Barcelona at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Goalkeeper: There is no doubt over who’ll start in goal tomorrow night as Alisson Becker is certain to keep his place between the sticks against Barcelona with Simon Mignolet once again on the bench.
Defence: Liverpool are expected to make one change in defence with Joel Matip recalled after being rested for the 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town on Friday night. Dejan Lovren had a solid game but the Croatian is likely to make way with Matip coming back in to renew his partnership alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Joe Gomez has been back in the squad recently after recovering from a fractured leg but a place on the bench is the best he can hope for against Barcelona. Therefore, Trent Alexander-Arnold will continue at right-back while the ever-impressive Andrew Robertson will retain his place at left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno.
Midfield: Liverpool have been boosted by the return of Fabinho as the Brazilian international is available again after missing the win over Huddersfield with concussion following a clash of heads versus Cardiff City.
Fabinho is expected to come straight back in to the Liverpool starting eleven against the Catalan giants while Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum are favourites to keep their places in midfield.
That means Naby Keita is the man most likely to drop out despite an impressive performance against Huddersfield while James Milner may also have to make do with a place among the substitutes tomorrow night.
Adam Lallana hasn’t travelled to Spain due to an on-going muscle problem but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in contention for a place in the squad after making his long-awaited first team comeback with a late cameo against Huddersfield.
Attack: Liverpool have been handed a major boost as Roberto Firmino has made the trip to Barca after resuming full training on Tuesday morning having made a swift recovery from a groin injury that he sustained last week. Klopp says he’ll make a late decision over Firmino’s involvement but it looks positive that he’ll feature against Barcelona.
If Klopp opts against starting Firmino then Divock Origi could lead the line up front but either way we should see Daniel Sturridge dropping back to the bench after making a rare start last time out.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were both among the goals on Friday night with the attacking duo bagging two goals each and they are certain to keep their places in the Liverpool attack at the Nou Camp. That means Xherdan Shaqiri will have to once again settle for places on the bench.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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