Key man ruled out as Klopp makes 3 changes | Expected Liverpool line-up vs Salzburg
Liverpool take on Salzburg in the Champions League at Anfield on Wednesday night. Here is the team we expect Jurgen Klopp to select for the game:
Liverpool will be looking to get their first points on the board in the Champions League this season when they take on Salzburg at Anfield on Wednesday night. Here is the team we expect Jurgen Klopp to select for the game:
Goalkeeper: Alisson Becker is on the verge of making his comeback from a calf injury that’s kept him out for seven weeks but Klopp confirmed at his press conference today that the Salzburg game will come too soon for the Brazilian. Therefore, Adrian will continue to deputise between the sticks.
Defence: Klopp will be forced into a change in defence after revealing that Joel Matip has been ruled out after picking up a knock during Liverpool’s win over Sheffield United at the weekend. Joe Gomez is expected to be recalled to start alongside Virgil van Dijk in the middle of the back four.
Klopp might to tempted to rest one of his full-backs ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester City but I still think we’ll see Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson lining-up against Salzburg tomorrow night.
Midfield: Naby Keita didn’t feature at Bramall Lane on Saturday so he’ll be well rested and I expect him to be recalled in midfield as he looks to get himself back to top form after a frustrating start to the new season.
Jordan Henderson could be the man to make way as he’s given a rest while Gini Wijnaldum may also be given a breather ahead of Leicester. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Adam Lallana are pushing for recalls but Klopp may opt for the reliable James Milner to come in alongside Keita.
Fabinho has been outstanding so far this season and is forging a reputation as one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe so he’s become a vital part of the Liverpool starting eleven and should once again start tomorrow.
Attack: If Klopp want’s to give one of the star attackers a rest then Divock Origi is waiting in the wings to come in after making a positive impact off the bench during the late win over Sheffield United at the weekend.
However, I still think the Liverpool boss will stick with his much-feared front three with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane once again offering support to Roberto Firmino in attack tomorrow night.
Xherdan Shaqiri will once again miss out with a calf injury that he sustained in training last week so youngster Rhian Brewster may get a place on the Liverpool bench.
Here is how I think Liverpool will line up:
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