Jurgen Klopp faces the big Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara in the Liverpool Champions League.


No sooner had the quiet celebrations of the 2-1 victory over Sheffield United on Saturday evening ended than thoughts turned immediately to the Champions League.

For Jurgen Klopp and his team from Liverpool, the games continue to run at a certain speed.

A look at the big decisions Jurgen Klopp has to make as Liverpool prepare to welcome Midtjylland

This time it’s FC Midtjylland from Denmark who stand in their way after they started their own continental campaign with a 4-0 defeat against the adventurous Atalanta.

The campaign of Group B of the Reds continues after the 1-0 victory over Ajax last Wednesday in Amsterdam.

Liverpool are likely to continue with a four-man team of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson.

Three points at home for the team that is expected to be the whipping boys is a must for Klopp on Tuesday night.

But what exactly will be the team that will help him achieve this goal?

Given the ongoing concerns about Matip’s ability to stay fit in the long term, Klopp may be thinking of sticking with the central defender partnership that helped the team win two points on the turn last week.

Joel Matip may have a good chance of a recall, but the head of the Reds will present a more detailed summary of his fitness level at a meeting with the media in Anfield on Monday afternoon.

As always, the midfield is the one where the real transformation could come into play.

Diogo Jota started alongside the usual trio Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, and while the performance in the first half left something to be desired, the second half was significantly improved.

Klopp decided to play a kind of fluid 4-2-3-1 game against Chris Wilder’s Blades on Saturday night.

Considering that Firmino kicked off his season with a goal against United in Anfield, Klopp might be wary of taking the Brazilian out for this game despite the continuing claims of Takumi Minamino.

A merciless move against the Danes could be the key to moving up to six points in Group B, but if all four keep their place, what happens to the two in midfield?

So Klopp’s big puzzle for this game is whether he will stick with the same template for a game where his team will dominate the ball.

James Milner has also made his own claim after a guest appearance in the second half against Sheffield United.

Should Klopp return to the type with his three-man engine room, Thiago’s fitness could be the key to whether Milner will be reinstated in the team or not.

Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum both got off to a good start again, but Thiago Alcantara could return to the team after missing both games in the 2-2 derby against Everton last week after Richarlison’s red card challenge.


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