Here’s the confirmed Liverpool lineup vs AC Milan today. The Reds go into the UEFA Champions League games with nothing riding on it.
Liverpool are already through in the UEFA Champions League as group winners – though, that was the case against FC Porto last time out, too. The Reds actually put out a fairly strong XI for that one but things are different this time around.
Jurgen Klopp kept largely the same XI for three games in a row now. Liverpool can finally rest vs Milan, then, and the boss has taken the opportunity to do so.
We’re also seeing a few injured stars finally return to action. Liverpool’s squad, it seems, is only getting stronger.
Let’s see what Liverpool have gone for vs Milan, then.
Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs Milan
Some surprises here, then. Klopp sticks with Alisson in goal, for instance, when it feels like a great game for Caoimhin Kelleher. We expected to see James Milner in midfield, too.
But it’s great to see Nat Phillips get a game – this will be his first start since the final game of last season. It’s a big moment for him, then, as he won’t want this to be his last.
Other than that, Saturday’s hero Origi gets a start, as expected. It’ll be interesting to see how Morton does on a big ground, too.
All in all, we think there’s quite a lot to look forward to, here. So let’s see how fans reacted to the lineup.
Why risk Mane and Salah? I don’t get it— Brad ⚡️ (@LFCbrxd) December 7, 2021
So hendo thiago and jota given the days off then, but im bewildered why Mane and Salah are playing this game, they need a break, games thick and fast this next few weeks— OOHMYLIVER (@oohmyliver) December 7, 2021
Control in the midfield may be tough but pray for no injuries— Tim (@Tim_2811) December 7, 2021
This is asking for trouble! Why are we even risking Mane Salah & Allison. You have a chance to rest & not risk players but we’re doing what we did with Jota last year. If it’s for the extra 2 million what’s the point if we never spend it— Temoor (@Temoor24) December 7, 2021
Buzzing for Morton and Phillips. Phillips especially deserves this. Would have Salah nowhere near this game though— Sam Lee (@samlee1428) December 7, 2021
Klopp complaining about fixture congestion but then plays Mane and Salah in a dead rubber. Don’t get that. Would rather them play in the League cup quarters next week.— Matt Jones (@mattjones41194) December 7, 2021
So, some controversy here, then. People don’t agree with the decision to start Salah & Mane – and it’s easy to understand why. This isn’t a game Liverpool need anything from but those two will risk injuries and exhaustion.
We saw what happened to Diogo Jota a year ago, too. Injuries can happen but we’ll certainly trust Klopp and co. here. We can’t imagine they’d risk them if there truly was a problem.
That will be the big talking point if anything does happen, though. No doubt about that.