Liverpool face AC Milan this evening and, while the Reds are through to the next round, there’s still a lot to keep an eye on as a supporter.
The Reds have already confirmed their place in the Champions League Round of 16 and are also certain to finish as the top seed in Group B. They have 15 points from 15 and a win tonight will make it a clean sweep.
Yet, with the festive fixture list set to place increased stress on the players’ bodies, Jurgen Klopp will ring the changes and, with some educated guessing, we have looked at three players to keep an eye on this evening.
Tyler Morton set to start again for Liverpool
The 18-year-old made his senior European debut against Porto in the previous fixture. The fact that he didn’t look out of place next to Thiago speaks volumes. In fact, the Spaniard praised his younger teammate, saying: “He deserved to be part of the team tonight. He did an amazing game as well.”
Morton was quick and efficient with his passing. Most notably, he did not struggle when pressured on the ball. That is a key trait as a Liverpool midfielder under Klopp. The Reds’ midfielders need to be able to counter-press but also need to be press resistant.
Liverpool have a very talented and confident player in Morton. Even in a dead rubber, he will be one to watch.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain to stake claim in Liverpool starting role
The Englishman has really struggled at Liverpool; not due to lack of quality but due to injuries. His ACL tear in 2018 was tragic as it struck him down in the Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma. He then missed the second leg and the final.
He was really hitting his stride as well. Four years later, he is once again knocking on the door to become a starter for Liverpool. He is showing that midfield thrust and desire to get forward. Yet, it is his ability to counter-press and hunt down opponents that impresses me the most.
Given the effectiveness of the front three, Liverpool don’t need goal-scoring midfielders but hard-working ones. Thiago and Fabinho formed a fantastic trio with Ox recently and, hopefully, we can see the latter stake his claim in a starting role once again tonight.
Divock Origi has the chance to shine for 90 minutes
What more is there to be said about Origi that has not already been said? The Liverpool hero once again underlined his uniquely important role against Wolves.
Rarely has the Premier League ever seen such a clutch yet unfazed player. It almost angers me that Origi celebrates such enormously important goals with such indifference.
Origi should get a spot in the starting XI this evening with Roberto Firmino injured and Diogo Jota rested. Hopefully, he can prepare himself for January by scoring tonight.