Liverpool travel to Denmark on Wednesday evening to face FC Midtjylland in the Champions League safe in the knowledge that top spot in Group D is secured no matter what the result in the final group stage match.
Therefore, it seems likely that Jurgen Klopp will ring the changes in his side in order to rest some of the senior players who have been relied upon so much recently because of the injury crisis at the club.
The Merseyside club face Fulham away from home on Sunday in the Premier League, before facing Tottenham Hotspur in a top-of-the-table clash next Wednesday, so the German manager will no doubt be keen to rest some of his key players ahead of two important top-flight fixtures.
Here’s how Football FanCast expects Klopp to line his side up in Denmark, with eight changes from the side that beat Wolves on Sunday…
Caoimhin Kelleher deservedly keeps his place in between the sticks after keeping two clean sheets in his last two appearances for the Reds.
There are three changes in the defence, as Trent Alexander-Arnold makes his first start after returning from injury, having come on as a substitute in the 4-0 win against Wolves at the weekend.
Konstantinos Tsimikas replaces Andrew Robertson to give the Scottish international a much-needed rest, whilst Nathaniel Phillips returns at centre-back alongside Joel Matip to ensure Fabinho is fresh for the upcoming Premier League games.
In midfield, only Jordan Henderson keeps his place, as his leadership will be important if this second-string Liverpool side are to pick up the win in Denmark. He plays alongside Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who both will hopefully pick up some fitness on Wednesday evening after returning from injury recently.
Having Keita back could be a huge boost for Klopp, with Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk full of praise for the Guinean earlier this year, saying:
“Naby is a fantastic guy, he works so hard and he is an outstanding football player. We see it week in and week out. He has unfortunately been unlucky with some injuries, but hopefully, he can stay fully fit for the next season.
“I think he is world-class if I’m absolutely honest. I see all the moments when he has the ball, the smart moves, the smart intelligence. It’s just incredible to see and I’m very happy for him.”
Meanwhile, there are three changes in attack for the Reds, with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino under pressure to make the most of what could be a rare start, whilst Diogo Jota will be hoping to continue his excellent form for the Reds by adding to his goal tally in Denmark.
It seems more than likely that Klopp will make a lot of changes for Wednesday’s game, so it will be interesting to see if the Reds can finish with a flourish and earn the three points against Midtjylland.