Here are five things we learned as Liverpool drew 1-1 with FC Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday.
Well, if we learned anything in the 1-1 draw with Midtjylland, it’s don’t assume you know what Jurgen Klopp is thinking. Our predicted lineup featured just kids and squad players.
Instead, Klopp put Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho out there.
We’re sure the boss had his reasons but it’s really one we didn’t see coming in what was effectively a dead-rubber.
Leighton Clarkson was the only Champions League debutant to start and he looked great. Tidy in possession, always busy – really what you hope for from a teenager starting out.
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We need to see more of him, of course, but this was a fairly seamless introduction to first-team football. Hopefully, he can follow the path Curtis Jones and Neco Williams laid down over the last 12 months.
You’ve got to feel for Kostas Tsimikas. The Greek full-back can’t catch a break as he went off injured here.
Tsimikas has barely played for Liverpool since arriving in the summer. This was a very rare start – only his third – but he couldn’t last 65 minutes.
If he’s out at all, we might not see him again until 2021 when Liverpool play the FA Cup. It might be a tough season for the 24-year-old.
We don’t envy Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi. They’re trying to break into the world’s best front-three, after all.
But it doesn’t look good that Diogo Jota managed it immediately. So when they get opportunities, they’ve got to look capable of doing it, too.
They certainly didn’t manage that on Wednesday. Neither player looked like making things happen on a night where they really had to.
It was great to finally see Billy Koumetio make his Liverpool debut. The 18-year-old is a player with a big reputation for someone so inexperienced.
And he looked good here. Koumetio is naturally dominant in the air, he made a couple of good blocks, and held his own.
He’s also now the youngest Champions League or European Cup player in Liverpool’s history. Always nice when you can set a club record just by showing up.