Liverpool return to Champions League action for the first time in 2021 as Jurgen Klopp prepares to take on RB Leipzig in the last-16 on Tuesday night.
Julian Nagelsmann’s impressive Bundesliga outfit oppose a serious threat to Liverpool’s European aspirations, with Leipzig dumping Manchester United out of the competition in December.
Considering the team’s recent struggles in the league, this represents the perfect opportunity for Liverpool to give the fans a much-needed boost.
Given this is the team’s biggest match of the season to date, Klopp will surely go full strength with the limited players he has.
This will mean arguably just the one change from the team that was beaten by Leicester 3-1 on Saturday.
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Despite a third successive defeat at the King Power Stadium, it has been quickly forgotten just how well Liverpool played for 75 minutes prior to their well documented seven-minute capitulation.
With that said, if Liverpool can put to bed a number of unforced errors we’ve seen in recent weeks, then there is every chance of a victory being on the cards in midweek.
The one change we expect to see against Leipzig will most likely involve Thiago Alcantara coming in to replace to injured James Milner.
The Spaniard is set to make his inaugural European bout for Liverpool, as well as his first Champions League appearance since the final in Lisbon last year.
What other options are there?
It’s possible Klopp calls on Fabinho if he is passed fit, but the Brazilian remains a doubt with a muscle injury, per The Telegraph.
Alternatives include Klopp calling on Xherdan Shaqiri or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to make an impact potentially for Curtis Jones.
Another option would be to pair Nat Phillips in central defence alongside Ozan Kabak to get Jordan Henderson back into midfield.
Indeed, this is an ambitious prospect given neither Kabak or Phillips are yet to clock up a single Champions League appearence.
In: Thiago Alcantara
Out: James Milner