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Jurgen Klopp faces big Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara calls in Liverpool Champions League dilemma


The games continue to come at a rate of knots for Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool team.

No sooner were the quiet celebrations of a 2-1 win over Sheffield United over on Saturday night done with, thoughts turned immediately to the Champions League.

The Reds’ Group B campaign continues to roll on after the 1-0 triumph against Ajax in Amsterdam last Wednesday.

This time, its FC Midtjylland, of Denmark, who stand in their way after they started their own continental campaign with a 4-0 defeat to the adventurous Atalanta. 

Three points at home to the team expected to be the whipping boys is a must for Klopp on Tuesday night.

But just what will be the team to help him achieve that aim?

Liverpool are likely to persist with a back four of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson.

Joel Matip could have a good chance of earning a recall but the Reds boss will deliver a more detailed summary of his fitness level when he meets the media at Anfield on Monday afternoon.

Given the ongoing concerns over Matip’s ability to stay fit for the long term, Klopp might be minded to stick with the centre-back partnership that helped them win two on the spin last week.

As ever, midfield is the one where the real shuffling could come into play.

Klopp opted for something resembling a fluid 4-2-3-1 against Chris Wilder’s Blades on Saturday evening.

Diogo Jota started alongside the usual trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah and while the first-half performance left a bit to be desired, the second was much improved.

Given Firmino got his season up and running with a goal against United at Anfield, Klopp might be wary of removing the Brazilian for this one, despite the ongoing claims of Takumi Minamino.

So Klopp’s big conundrum for this game is whether or not he sticks with that same template for a game where his side will dominate the ball.

A gung-ho approach against the Danes could be the key to moving up to six points in Group B, but if all four retain their place, what happens to the two in midfield?

Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum are both pushing starts once again but Thiago Alcantara could come back into the fold after missing both games last week after Richarlison’s red card challenge in the 2-2 derby draw with Everton.

James Milner is also staking his own claim after a second-half cameo against Sheffield United.

If Klopp reverts to type with his three-man engine room, then the fitness of Thiago could be key to whether or not Milner is brought back into the team.

Perhaps the diminishing numbers of midfielders on Saturday was the real factor behind the formation switch on Saturday?

“Let me say it like this, this is an area where we have a lot of options. In midfield we had some positions where we looked at how we can change and all these kinds of things,” Klopp said after the game about his forward options.

“We thought it was better to change the system before the game rather than during it.”

It would seem for the first time in two years, Klopp’s thought process over his team selection will centre around systems rather than individuals.

Three more points will be a big step towards another crack at the knockout stages.

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