Trent Matip VVD Robbo
Hendo Fabinho Keita
Salah Jota Mane
Think Jürgen will go with this, too early for wee Harvey in such a game so I think Thiago off the bench around the hour mark probably for Naby, can see Bobby off the bench too replacing Jota, tough encounter this but I still believe we have the edge, Tuchel has a plethora of riches to choose from but does he know his strongest X1 ?
We on the other hand are a well oiled machine that will press the sh*t out of them, will be tight but I’m going for a 2-1 win, Jota & Mo with the goodie goodie gum drops.
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I can understand calls for Jota to start given that he's on form, but in this fixture I think Klopp will lean towards Firmino for tactical reasons. Containing and cutting off supply from Jorginho will be absolutely crucial in this game if we want to boss possession and stop the flow of their attacks at the source, and Firmino is tailor-made for that role as a false 9 sitting deep on top of Jorginho.
If we need a goal 2nd half then Jota can come on as a sub, for either Firmino or Mane. Or if you want to be really adventurous bring Jota on for Keita and go with 4 up front and have Fabinho and Henderson as a double 6 in midfield.
This is the team I'd start, all being healthy:
Trent Matip VVD Robertson
Salah Firmino Mane
Thiago and Jota off the bench.
Bench: Kelleher; Konate, Gomez, Tsimikas; Milner, Ox, Thiago; Jota, Minamino
Not in squad: Adrian; Phillips, Rhys Williams, Neco; Jones, Elliott; Origi
I kinda want to find a way to include Elliott in the squad too, but this makes most sense. Konate or Gomez could be dropped since 2 CB's on the bench might be overkill; or alternatively Minamino could be dropped, but either way I don't see Elliott coming off the bench ahead of some of the more senior options in midfield.
EDIT: Looks like Milner will miss the game, in which case there's space for one of Elliott or Jones.