Sports Mole is looking at how Liverpool could rise to a match between Liverpool and FC Midtjylland on Tuesday in Group D of the Champions League.
Liverpool intends to win its opening two games a the Champions League in the group stage only for the second time ever when they receive their tournament debuts FC Midtjylland To Anfield on Tuesday.
The Reds benefited from their own goal of getting rid of Ajax in Amsterdam on match day before returning to winning styles at home behind Sheffield United with a win on Saturday.
The six-time European champions are heavy favorites to continue the winning streak in their first-ever encounter with Midtjylland, which Atalanta BC won at home 4-0 on match day.
Here, Sports Mole let’s look at how Jurgen Klopp was able to put its side to the competition.
Out: Virgil van Dijk (knee), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Kostas Tsimikas (thigh)
Suspicious: Thiago Alcantara (knee), Joel Matip (muscle), Naby Keita (coronavirus)
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Liverpool was fueled by an early return Alisson Becker goal against Sheffield United, and they hope to welcome a few players back to this.
Leading them could be Thiago Alcantara, who has lost the last two games with a knee injury but is believed to be on the verge of return, avoiding serious injury.
Naby Keita has also been close to returning in the last week or so and can therefore be included aside as Klopp seems to keep his team as fresh as possible – which is easier in midfield given his available options in the middle of the park.
Fabinho is set to continue alongside Joe Gomez at the heart of the defense, although Joel Matip could also be available in the absence of the last two matches.
Virgil van Dijk and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are long-term absentees, while Kostas Tsimikas is still recovering from a thigh problem.
With Liverpool so serious favorites for this match, Klopp might consider spreading one of his offensive stars Sadio Mane could be the first line in that – especially considering Diogo Jota, who scored a goal in the first Premier League start over the weekend.
Including something in the match saw Klopp move to a 4-2-3-1 lineup, which is again an option here, although all the other Manets would probably seem to be moving back to a more familiar 4-3-3.
It could be a landmark at night Mohamed Salah, who appears in the 50th Champions League if he is elected.
A hat trick for an Egyptian would seem to cross him Steven Gerrard the club’s leading scorer in the history of the competition, and has been directly involved in nine goals in so many Merseysider home group games.