Liverpool welcome Atletico Madrid to Anfield on Wednesday, where their defence of the Champions League could come to an abrupt end if the Merseysiders don’t conjure something up.
Jurgen Klopp’s side lost the first leg of this last 16 tie by one goal to nil at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid after a goal from Saul Niguez, so they must find the net themselves if they are to progress.
The Reds have a few injury concerns, as Alisson Becker has been ruled out by Klopp while Jordan Henderson only recently returned to training.
It is all to play for on Wednesday evening, so let’s take a look at the XI that we think the former Borussia Dortmund boss should deploy…
As you can see, we think Klopp should risk Henderson for this tie, as there really isn’t much else to play for this season – if he isn’t to be risked now, when will he be?
Liverpool are just two wins from securing the Premier League title, so it is certainly worth playing their captain in this tie as they have struggled without him – the Reds have lost two of the four games he has missed since the first leg.
Elsewhere, we think James Milner is needed in this game given his energy and desire – also, he will help do the dirty work alongside Henderson to accommodate Naby Keita, who will be needed to break down a presumably dogged Atletico backline with his creativity.
The front three are the usual suspects, while Klopp also confirmed that Andy Robertson is available after missing the win over Bournemouth.
That means that Fabinho doesn’t feature in our XI, as the Brazilian has come in for some criticism from the Liverpool supporters on Twitter recently – his performance against Chelsea in the FA Cup even saw him compared to Jay Spearing!
Gini Wijnaldum should also start the game on the bench, as he lacks the creativity to break down the Atletico Madrid backline – he averages just 0.4 key passes per game in the Premier League this season.
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Hopefully, using this XI will get Klopp and Liverpool into the quarter-finals.
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