Liverpool face a tough team selection in the wake of a thrilling 3-3 draw away at Brentford on Saturday. Their Champions League opener against AC Milan was equally as exciting as the Reds ran out 3-2 winners, but this time around Jurgen Klopp faces the dilemma of fielding a team good enough to beat Porto while leaving enough stars rested to test Manchester City on Sunday. Express Sport looks at how the German is likely to set his team out on Tuesday night:
Goalkeeper – Alisson
Alisson will be keen for some stability given that he saw three goals fly past him on Saturday from four shots on target.
Thankfully, he plays in a position where not much running is required, so Klopp should have no concerns about fielding him against both Porto and City.
It is certainly a night for Liverpool to field a strong team as every point is likely to prove crucial in their tough Champions League group, with Atletico Madrid and AC Milan also vying for the knockout rounds.
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Midfield – Henderson, Fabinho, Jones
Curtis Jones found the net against Brentford, and with Klopp poised to favour more solidity against the defending Premier League champions on Sunday, he could be given the chance to build on his goal by starting against Porto with Milner in defence.
Naby Keita could be the man to step in against City to provide that extra defensive cover, although he will also be available to face Porto after recovering from a foot injury.
Elsewhere, Klopp’s midfield selection is somewhat limited by the ongoing injury absences of Thiago Alcantara and Harvey Elliott.
Attack – Salah, Firmino, Mane
Roberto Firmino has always been partial to a European goal, and could finally start against Porto after recovering from injury.
Diogo Jota could therefore be the man to make way, and Firmino may have to do something special to permanently displace the Portuguese who has been in good scoring form.
Liverpool’s attack has always been about the two wide-men, however, with Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane already notching nine goals between them this campaign.
European away days are never easy, but when all is said and done the Reds should have more than enough fire-power to leave with the three points.