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Liverpool must avoid costly Diogo Jota mistake Klopp made before

Last season, Diogo Jota sustained a needless injury during a Champions League group stage against FC Midtjylland and Jurgen Klopp was slammed for naming a strong team in a pointless game.

The Reds had already qualified for the Round of 16 but the German named an unnecessarily strong side with Jota and Mo Salah both risked, with the former suffering a long-term injury.

It saw the Portugal international miss 82 days of football and 19 games and when he returned, Liverpool were in a precarious position with Joel Matip joining Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez on the season-long injury list.

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With the Reds already through to the Round of 16, Klopp needs to avoid any more injuries and must name as weak a side as possible to face Porto and AC Milan.

While the German will want to win both games and can’t be blamed for that, there is no point in risking key players when the game effectively counts for nothing.

After Jota’s injury last season, Klopp would only be opening himself up to criticism if it happens again and with the injuries that Liverpool have been picking up this season, there is a fairly high chance of the Reds suffering another injury blow.

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The Merseysiders have picked up more injuries than any other Premier League side which is a worry as they have the smallest squad in the title race and so it would be terrible decision making to go full strength against Porto on Wednesday.

Klopp should consider resting all of Alisson, Trent, Tsimikas, van Dijk, Fab, Thiago, Mane and Salah and field a new-look starting XI, featuring 8 changes.

Best case scenario XI to face Porto: Kelleher, Neco Williams, Matip, Konate, Robbo, Henderson, Chamberlain, Jones (if he returns), Origi, Minamino, Jota.

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