Key duo out as Klopp makes 4 changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Barcelona
Liverpool take on Barcelona in their semi-final second leg at Anfield on Tuesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Liverpool need to pull off a miracle to qualify for the Champions League final when they take on Barcelona in their semi-final second leg at Anfield on Tuesday night. Here is the team we think Jurgen Klopp will select:
Goalkeeper: I don’t think there can be any debate over who’ll start in goal as Alisson Becker should once again line-up between the sticks with Simon Mignolet on the bench. The South American will be desperate to keep a clean sheet as an away goal would mean Liverpool need to score five times.
Defence: Liverpool are expected to make at least one change in defence with Joel Matip pushing for a recall in the middle of the back four after being left out for the 3-2 win over Newcastle at the weekend. Dejan Lovren didn’t have his best game so the Croatian international should make way with Matip lining-up alongside Virgil van Dijk.
Joe Gomez surprisingly started in the right-back berth during the first leg in Spain but with Liverpool needing goals tomorrow I think we’ll see Trent Alexander-Arnold keeping his place while Andrew Robertson should retain his place at left-back.
Midfield: Naby Keita has been ruled out for at least two months after suffering a groin injury against Barca last week while Adam Lallana is also struggling with an on-going muscle problem that’s hampered him in recent games.
Jordan Henderson will be hoping he’s done enough to keep his place in the middle of the park but I think Klopp may want to freshen things up with James Milner pushing for a recall after being named on the bench at the weekend.
Fabinho should keep his place in the holding role while Georginio Wijnaldum is expected to be deployed in midfield after starting in an unfamiliar central striking role against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is in contention but I think he’ll have to settle for a place on the bench once again as he continues to build on his match fitness following a year on the sidelines.
Attack: Liverpool have huge problems in attack as Klopp confirmed at his press conference this afternoon that Mohamed Salah has been ruled out after suffering concussion against Newcastle on Saturday night.
Roberto Firmino is also ruled out once again with an on-going groin issue that kept him out of the win at St James’ Park so Divock Origi is expected to come in up front after scoring the winner off the bench at the weekend.
Daniel Sturridge could drop out after a rare start on Saturday while Xhedran Shaqiri could be recalled to start in place of Salah on the wing. Sadio Mane will be under pressure to perform for Liverpool as they look to score at least three times to stand any chance of turning the tie around.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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