Jurgen Klopp needs to win the midfield battle in the Champions League final after losing it against Real Madrid in Kiev last season.

A midfield of trio Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum was outclassed by Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro last season.

Liverpool have improved tenfold in central midfield this season, with Fabinho a big upgrade on Henderson in the holding midfield role, with the skipper now performing well in a no.8 role.

Jordan Henderson.

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James Milner hasn’t looked as energetic as he did at the start of the season but at 33 years of age, that is to be expected.

The Englishman was, however, superb against Barcelona in the Reds’ amazing 4-3 comeback.


Georginio Wijnaldum was also outstanding at Anfield on that night and staked a major claim to be included in the starting XI to face Tottenham at the Wanda Metropolitano in a fortnight.

Georginio Wijnaldum.

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The Dutchman scored a crucial double to draw Liverpool level with Barcelona and set the stage for Divock Origi to score the winner and send the Anfield outfit through to another Champions League final.

Once the Reds had the advantage over Lionel Messi and co, Wijnaldum then slotted seamlessly into a more transitional role, allowing his teammates to use his agility and pace to hit Barca on the counter-attack.

His presence in the final will be crucial as it will allow Jurgen Klopp the ability to switch tactics mid-game by either using him as an extra body in the box or as a more defensive figure.

Georginio Wijnaldum.

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A midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Wijnaldum will be the best for Klopp as he is unfortunately unable to call on Naby Keita after the Guinean injured his groin.

James Milner’s robust traits will be extremely useful from the bench when Liverpool players inevitably start feeling the effects of what will be a frenetic and intense affair.

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