[Image] Minamino and Jota to start? – Predicted 4-3-3 Liverpool XI to face Midtjylland

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 06: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool celebrates victory following the Premier League match between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on December 06, 2020 in Liverpool, England. A limited number of fans (2000) are welcomed back to stadiums to watch elite football across England. This was following easing of restrictions on spectators in tiers one and two areas only. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Predicted Liverpool XI to face Midtjylland in the Champions League

Liverpool return to Champions League action as they face Midtjylland in their last group game of the Champions League. The Reds secured their knockout berth with a win over Ajax in the last game and will finish as group leaders. This game is a dead rubber and only the game between Ajax and Atalanta will decide who finishes second and third.

The Reds have only lost one for their last 5 games and are coming into this on the back of a 4-0 drubbing of Wolves. Midtjylland haven’t been in great form, with just two wins from the last 5. A Liverpool win looks very likely here.

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Jurgen Klopp will have a few injury concerns to deal with but if the previous game was anything to go by, he won’t be too worried. Virgil Van Dijk’s ACL injury means that he could well be out for the season. The same goes for Joe Gomez. Trent Alexander-Arnold is on his way back to fitness.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 31: Alisson Becker of Liverpool interacts with Nathaniel Phillips of Liverpool prior to the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Ham United at Anfield on October 31, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Peter Powell – Pool/Getty Images)

Alisson sustained an injury before the Ajax game and could be out for a while. James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri are doubtful for this one. Also, Oxlade-Chamberlain still remains out. This could be the game where Klopp gives some more of the academy graduates game time.

Probable Liverpool XI

Formation: 4-3-3

Caoimhin Kelleher (GK)

The Irishman has leaped ahead of second choice Adrian and has started the last two games.

Neco Williams (RB)

With Arnold out for a while, Williams has been deputising well in his place.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 27: Rhys Williams of Liverpool interacts with Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool after the UEFA Champions League Group D stage match between Liverpool FC and FC Midtjylland at Anfield on October 27, 2020 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Jon Super)

Rhys Williams (CB)

The youngster has impressed in the games he has played so far and hasn’t disappointed in the absence of senior centre-backs.

Billy Koumetio (CB)

Matip and Fabinho are unlikely to be risked in such a game. The U-18s defender should slot in beside Williams for this one.

Kostas Tsimikas (LB)

The summer acquisition should get a start ahead of Robertson as a part of rotation.

Jake Cain (CM)

The youngster made his senior debut for the club earlier this year and could be given another crack.

Liverpool’s English midfielder Curtis Jones celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the UEFA Champions League 1st round Group D football match between Liverpool and Ajax at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on December 1, 2020. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Curtis Jones (CDM)

The youngster is impressing in the limited chances he’s getting. He is again expected to be afforded an outing.

Leighton Clarkson (CM)

Another academy player who is likely to be thrown into the mix after impressing for the reserves.

Diogo Jota (RW)

Jota had to contend with a substitute role against his former club in the last game but could start this one.

Divock Origi (CF)

The big Belgian is likely to come into the side as a rotation option for Firmino.

Takumi Minamino (LW)

Minamino has had a tough time in the team despite being given chances on a regular basis. Needs to make the most of these games.

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