Liverpool will be hoping to make it two wins from two in Group B of the Champions League when they take on Porto at the Estadio do Dragao this evening.
The Reds saw off AC Milan 3-2 in their opening fixture of Europe’s elite cup competition while their Portuguese opponents held Atletico Madrid to a goalless draw.
Ahead of the trip across the continent, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claimed only Thiago and Harvey Elliott were unavailable through injury, saying: “A big squad will travel.
“Twenty-three are with us, and apart from the longer-term injuries, they are all in. No, Thiago, Harvey (Elliott), and the rest are available. No new concerns at the moment,” Klopp said in Monday’s press conference.
However, since then, it’s been revealed that first-choice right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold did not travel with the first-team squad, thus ruling him out of action too.
With that in mind, here’s how Football FanCast expects the German tactician to line up against Porto, with two changes from the side that drew 3-3 with Brentford over the weekend…
The virtually ever-present Alisson Becker will take up his usual residency between the sticks for this midweek encounter, and he’ll be hoping for a more comfortable evening than the one he endured against Milan.
Ahead of the South American shot-stopper may well be a rather unfamiliar back four. While experienced centre-back’s Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip keep their place at the heart of defence, the two full-back positions could see some fresh faces return to action.
James Milner is set to replace the absent Alexander-Arnold at right-back while Konstantinos Tsimikas comes in for the £58.5m-rated Andy Roberston on the opposite flank after the Scotsman’s underwhelming start to the campaign.
In midfield, an impressive showing from 20-year-old Curtis Jones against Brentford should ensure he features from the off once more, despite the return of Naby Keita, meaning he’ll join Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in the engine room.
Completing the lineup will be a forward line consisting of Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah. Although Roberto Firmino made his return from injury over the weekend, this evening’s fixture may come too soon for the Brazil international.