Liverpool line-ups at the start of Curtis Jones and the decision of Takumi Minamino in the Champions League.


Ian Doyle: How great are the Danes? No one really knows, but a 4-0 home defeat to Atalanta in their first Champions League group match suggests that they may be the weakest in the section.

Curtis Jones has a role’.

Our authors from Liverpool have selected the teams they want to see play Midtjylland FC in the Champions League at Anfield tonight.

Elsewhere things are getting more interesting. A little bit.

But not in defense. With Joel Matip still out, the five players in the back have no choice but to keep going.

So Liverpool can expect changes for tonight’s game.

Diogo Jota has to start at the front, but I would have him on the left and give Sadio Mane a breather. So would Roberto Firmino, with Takumi Minamino having a deserved run through the middle.

James Milner seems to be the Champions League guy this season, and he can start with Jordan Henderson in midfield.

Curtis Jones should also play a role to allow for another start in what will hopefully be a more straightforward encounter than last week’s in Holland – one could imagine that the guests will primarily be on the defensive.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Jones; Salah, Minamino, Jota

With five allowed substitutions, mane and firmino will certainly play a decent role anyway, if necessary.

Jota gets the contract with Shaqiri and Minamino

With West Ham United coming to Anfield on Saturday night, the Reds’ boss will undoubtedly be pleased that the game will be played on Tuesday rather than Wednesday.

Paul Gorst: So the apparent Group B batter boys are in town – but Jurgen Klopp will not see Midtjylland as such when they arrive tonight.

And he will also be happy that he can make up to five subs for the celebrations tonight. So after careful consideration, I think that after careful consideration, we could come to a certain rotation.

I will stick with the 4-2-3-1 from the weekend win against Sheffield United, but I will remember James Milner at Captain Jordan Henderson’s side as there is no Thiago Alcantara. Gini Wijnaldum can rest.

Alisson Becker starts in goal behind the usual four-man backfield. Since Joel Matip is still out, it makes sense to keep Fabinho at Joe Gomez’s side with Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the left and right side of the goal.

Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah can wait in the wings if necessary.

My team (4-2-3-1): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Fabinho, Robertson; Henderson, Milner; Jota, Shaqiri, Mane; Minamino.

For the front four, I give Diogo Jota the nod in the “hole” behind a front three from Xherdan Shaqiri, Takumi Minamino and Sadio Mane.


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