Here’s our predicted lineup we’d like to see from Liverpool vs Porto tomorrow evening. The Reds are already through in their Champions League group.
Jurgen Klopp has a strange decision coming up – just who should face Porto? Liverpool, after all, have nothing riding on the game after winning their first four Champions League fixtures.
The Reds aren’t just through but they’ve won the group – they can’t improve their position, no matter the result.
At the same time, Klopp doesn’t believe in throwing out the kids unless he really has to. He said after the Atletico Madrid game that he’ll likely throw out decent lineups against both Porto and AC Milan.
But injuries are, once again, a consideration here. Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita and Joe Gomez are out, while a handful might be okay to start who have had knocks recently.
So let’s have a look at what might happen.
Predicted Liverpool lineup vs Porto
We imagine Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal – he usually does in ‘less important’ fixtures. The rest of the defence is a bit of a mystery, however.
One player we think deserves a start is Neco Williams. He was in fantastic form for his country over the international break and we’d like to see if he can continue that for Liverpool.
Gomez being out makes the centre-backs tricky. Ibrahima Konate is near-certain but who partners him? We wonder if it’ll be Nat Phillips, allowing both Joel Matip and Virgil van Dijk to rest.
As for left-back, Kostas Tsimikas surely retains his place. Klopp doesn’t sound sure on Andy Robertson and there’s no need to risk him.
Now this one is tricky. Like Robertson, Klopp doesn’t sound sure on Jordan Henderson. Again like Robertson, it doesn’t make sense to risk him here.
We can’t imagine Thiago or Fabinho play, either, as they’ve had injury issues this season. No need to exhaust them if it isn’t needed.
James Milner is back in training and could make an immediate return, though, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can certainly retain his place. As for the holding midfield role – Tyler Morton? He got on against Arsenal and perhaps he can get a Champions League start here.
Firmino is out, while Jota has a slight knock – he surely won’t play.
Divock Origi did train on Tuesday, telling us that he’ll start and then it’s entirely up to Klopp on the wings. We all know that both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah will want to play.
Should they? No, they shouldn’t – they’re too valuable.. We won’t exactly be shocked to see Salah play 60 minutes here but it makes more sense to leave him out. Kaide Gordon could certainly use the experience, while Takumi Minamino earned himself a start.
Liverpool lineup vs Porto?
Williams – Konate – Phillips – Tsimikas
Oxlade-Chamberlain – Milner
Gordon – Origi – Minamino