I suspect the discussion about this will be almost entirely about team selection with the 2nd leg at Roma looming.
Our squad was thin to begin with. Now with a variety of injuries, Jürgen may feel very reluctant to risk any first choice players vs. Stoke, although that will be a battling occasion with them fighting relegation.
He could sport an all-change back four of Clyne, Gomez, Klavan and Moreno. This conjures images of general shakiness, if I'm honest, but it would allow Jürgen to rest our starters.
He could use a completely different front three of Ings, Solanke and Woodburn, not that this sounds appealing in any way other than preserving the starters.
But to change midfield he would be dipping into literally the 4th string of players.
Henderson, Milner and Gini are the three remaining regulars at that position.
Can, Lallana and Ox are all out injured.
Then you have Grujic, Ejaria and Harry Wilson all on loan (add Pedro Chirivella for good measure).
That's 9 players preferred to the three who have been training with the first team.
So I guess he has no choice but to use Hendo, Millie and Gini, but what a disaster if one of them would go down.
Add to all of this the fact that we haven't qualified for next year's CL, yet.
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