Liverpool will count on to keep up their 100 per cent profitable report with out the influential Virgil Van Dijk once they host Danish champions FC Midtjylland at Anfield within the Champions League on Tuesday evening.
The Reds have responded nicely to the sizeable setback of losing Van Dijk to a long-term knee injury by beating Ajax 1-Zero Amsterdam on Wednesday and following it up with a 2-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp can be heartened that his aspect hasn’t conceded from open play of their two matches since Van Dijk underwent surgical procedure with solely a doubtful penalty transformed by Sander Berge on the weekend breaching their patched-up defence.
The return to health of undisputed No1 goalkeeper Alisson on the weekend was very a lot well timed given the struggles his understudy Adrian has confronted and Liverpool ought to method their match with Midtjylland in assured temper.
After efficiently overcoming Ludogorets, Younger Boys and Slavia Prague in preliminary qualifying, Midtjylland are within the Champions League group stages for the primary time of their 21 12 months historical past however they suffered a torrid opening match, dropping 4-Zero to free-scoring Atalanta.
Klopp made the daring determination to substitute all three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino after 59 minutes towards Ajax and will resolve to rotate his squad for the match with Midtjylland forward of this weekend’s sport with in-form West Ham.
Right here is how he may set his aspect up.
If there’s one space of his aspect that Klopp might choose towards tinkering with it’s his goalkeeper and new-look central defensive pairing in a bid to breed some familiarity.
Saturday’s sport was the primary time that Alisson, Joe Gomez and Fabinho had lined up collectively as a central again three within the Premier League and with Joel Matip not amongst the substitutes on the weekend, they’re prone to retain their beginning spots in midweek.
Kostas Tsimikas was presumably signed to play in winnable matches similar to this one to provide Andrew Robertson a breather however with the Greece worldwide at present sidelined with a thigh drawback, Liverpool’s first-choice left again is anticipated to start out.
Whereas Robertson has begun the season in high quality kind, Trent Alexander-Arnold hasn’t but hit the heights he’s able to and Klopp might resolve to relaxation him, with teenage understudy Neco Williams in line to deputise.
Klopp reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation towards Sheffield United, partly because of points in central midfield with Fabinho pressed into emergency responsibility within the again 4 and Thiago Alcantara and Naby Keita dominated out via damage.
Thiago could possibly be again in competition towards Midtjylland however Klopp might favor to maintain him wrapped up in cotton wool forward of this weekend’s sport towards West Ham, who’re unbeaten in 4 Premier League video games.
Jordan Henderson performed the complete 90 minutes on the weekend however given he has solely not too long ago returned to motion he could possibly be named on the bench. James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and Curtis Jones began towards Ajax and will characteristic once more on Tuesday.
Maybe for the primary time within the Klopp period, Firmino has some competitors for his place within the type of Diogo Jota. Whisper it, however Firmino hasn’t been at his greatest for a while, regardless of ending his Anfield hoodoo with a few targets not too long ago.
The versatile Jota, in the meantime, has began his Liverpool profession in spectacular style, scoring back-to-back targets dwelling targets within the Premier League. Jota performed on the proper wing on the weekend however Klopp may be tempted to experiment with him within the “Firmino function”.
Salah doesn’t appear the kind of participant who takes kindly to squad rotation and following consecutive goalless appearances he’ll see this sport as an excellent alternative to get again on the goalscoring path.
On the alternative flank, Mane has been in scintillating kind and his current Covid-19 associated absence demonstrated simply how necessary a part he’s to Klopp’s system.
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