4-3-3: The lineup that Jurgen Klopp must select to dominate Red Star Belgrade

Sanjay Nair has predicted the lineup that Jurgen Klopp will opt for when his side make the trip to face Red Star Belgrade this evening in the Champions League.

Although Liverpool are sitting pretty atop their Champions League group, the visit to Belgrade definitely seems by far the easier of the three remaining ties and should provide more than the required motivation for the men in Red to come back with a victory.

A win on Tuesday night coupled with a Napoli win or draw against PSG should set us up nicely for the return fixtures against both sides, where a point might be enough to secure passage to the second round.

However Red Star Belgrade are not to be taken lightly on their home territory and the first 20 minutes of the tie at Anfield, where they were actually on top without taking that crucial lead, should keep Liverpool grounded and not take things for granted.

Jürgen Klopp will surely be expected to put out his best team and this would mean Alisson Becker in goal. Marshalling the defence would be the towering presence of Virgil van Dijk with Joe Gomez most likely to partner him at centre-back.

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Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson should complete an unchanged formation at the back from Saturday’s trip to Arsenal.


With Xherdan Shaqiri asked not to make the trip to avoid political backlash of any kind and Jordan Henderson remaining at Melwood to recuperate from his hamstring issue, Fabinho, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum should find themselves starting in the midfield.

Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah & Roberto Firmino will definitely start up front in search of the early goal that will set Liverpool up nicely for the night.

Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren will be the most likely albeit very late cameos coming off the Liverpool bench, barring any ill-timed injury situations.

All-in-all, this is another must-win tie for Liverpool to widen the gap between themselves and fellow top-2 contenders. Anything but a win in Belgrade will definitely make matters far more complex than required.

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