Xherdan Shaqiri hopes for a coincidence, but the new Liverpool “fab four” need time.


I assume Jurgen will mix things up a bit as the games are thick and fast and it would be nice to go into the game with a cushion of a few goals at half time, because then he would have the chance to rest a few legs before the weekend.

The Champions League returns to Anfield on Tuesday and, with all due respect, Midtjylland seem to be the whipping boy of the group, so, without taking anything for granted, we need to try and beat them and hopefully get things firmly under control.

In the second part of John Aldridge’s weekly column, the Liverpool legend reviews the first look at the Reds’ new “Fab Four” and offers a glimpse of Champions League football’s return to Anfield and the forthcoming weekend duel against West Ham United.

They are looking at a decent side right now and have achieved some decent results in the last few weeks. They certainly look tougher than last season.

Players like Minamino, Shaqiri, Milner and Curtis Jones will all be hoping for minutes to show the manager what they can do and with five substitutions available the manager would be stupid not to use this to his advantage like he did last week in Holland before the game against West Ham on Saturday.

It was clear that the balance was not right, especially in the first half, but it may take time to get a new formation going. That rarely happens overnight.

Michail Antonio is a handful of strikers and has caused us problems before, so the back four players will be put to the test again, because he will put himself in the spotlight.

It was interesting to see the line-up Jurgen put together on Saturday, especially in attack, where Diogo Jota started alongside the usual front three.

You have to be patient with these things, and I actually think Mane would be better off in the middle, with Salah on the right on Jota on the left, with Firmino behind.

I remember Kenny trying me, Peter Beardsley and Rushie together when Ian came back from Italy in a game against Tottenham, probably to appease the three of us, because everybody wanted to see how we tried, and that didn’t work at first, we only drew 1-1.

On Saturday we tried it for the first time with the four of them together and I think it can work with the way Jay plays, so I think it’s just a matter of giving them time to get along.

As I said last week, without Van Dijk the defense is not at full strength, but we have to make sure we attack as good as possible.

Whatever the manager decides on Tuesday, the most important thing is to get three points, we don’t know how or if the goal difference will come into play, but given that all the group games are squeezed together in this short time, it would be great if we could get things under control early on to relieve the pressure later.

The return of the fans is a welcome relief, but what about other clubs?

It would be helpful if Ajax and Atalanta could draw so that we can build up a small lead, and then if we can go to Italy and get a good result, we would be in a really strong position.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that the fans can watch matches as long as it’s safe, but there are at least 600 fans from all the clubs that would be ready for a match.

I’m thinking especially of teams like Tranmere, who won a really good and important win against Southend this weekend, but would really benefit psychologically and economically if some fans were down.

* I wish someone could enlighten me about how FC City of Manchester and Stafford Rangers were able to have 600 spectators at their FA Cup games this weekend?


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