Liverpool face Huddersfield on Friday in a huge game in the Premier League title race but Jurgen Klopp needs to rest two key players for the first leg against Barcelona.

Three league games remain for the Anfield outfit and, with Manchester City looking unlikely to drop points, the only thing Klopp’s men can do is win their games and hope for the best.

Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves are Liverpool’s remaining opponents.

First up are the Terriers and, given that the already relegated side has taken just 14 points from 35 games all season, it would suggest Liverpool won’t struggle to win at Anfield on Friday.

Liverpool vs. Huddersfield

Photo by Ben Early/Getty Images

At the back, Klopp should rest Joel Matip and hand Joe Gomez his first start for the first team since December.

The 21-year-old broke his leg at Turf Moor in December and could use the minutes while Matip wouldn’t suffer from being rested.


If not Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold could make way for Gomez as the former Charlton Athletic man is no stranger to playing as a fullback.

Joe Gomez

Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City via Getty Images

In midfield, Jordan Henderson should make way for Fabinho after the skipper started against Cardiff City last week.

The Brazilian might have been withdrawn from the game after just four minutes with a suspected concussion but Klopp has confirmed that he is okay.

Henderson, who will undoubtedly start against Barcelona on Wednesday, could use a break.

Jordan Henderson

Photo by Marc Atkins/Offside/Getty Images

Up front, there is no need to rotate but if need be, Roberto Firmino could make way for Divock Origi or, prefereably, Xherdan Shaqiri.

The Switzerland international can start on the right, freeing up Mohamed Salah to move into a central role.

Predicted starting XI to face Huddersfield: Alisson, Trent, Gomez, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Shaqiri.

Have something to tell us about this article?