It’s Liverpool vs Porto in the UEFA Champions League this evening and we might just see some young prospects get a game. Here are three with a real shot at playing.
Liverpool are already topping their Champions League group – four wins out of four usually guarantees that. It means their game against Porto this evening is a strange one.
The Reds don’t need a result and can instead take this one relatively easy. We don’t expect a complete rotation with the kids out but Jurgen Klopp can afford to experiment.
That experiment could see certain Liverpool prospects face Porto. Here are three with real chances of getting a game.
Morton got a game against Arsenal on Saturday, playing the final six minutes against the Gunners. He’s largely benefitting from injuries to other midfielders but everything he’s doing look impressive.
And Liverpool still aren’t strong in midfield right now. In fact, we expect Klopp to leave out Fabinho and Thiago – two first-XI players with questionably injury records.
This one depends on Andy Robertson’s fitness. The Scot picked up a hamstring injury with Scotland that kept him out of the game against Arsenal.
Now, if he’s back anytime soon, we can expect Kostas Tsimikas to retain his Liverpool place vs Porto. But any doubt over Robertson would mean the Reds need Tsimikas for the Southampton game.
Thus they shouldn’t risk him tonight and, instead, Beck could come in as an option. He was on the bench against Arsenal and we know Liverpool rate him highly.
Perhaps it’s time to see what he can do at senior level in a tough game.
Bradley has forced his way into a good position this season. We like what we see from him and he could be yet another talented right-back at Liverpool.
Now, we expect Neco Williams to start this one at right-back. There is a chance that the Welshman moves forward, however, or even over to the left.
He impressed for Wales in a more attacking role and Klopp admits he’s not sure about Williams’ best position. If he does move him, then Bradley can surely get an opportunity against Porto.