Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Sevilla: Salah starts, Coutinho returns to bench

13 September 2017

Jurgen Klopp has made three changes to his Liverpool lineup for Wednesday night’s clash with Sevilla, as they finally return to the Champions League.

The Reds last featured in Europe’s top-tier tournament in 2014 under Brendan Rodgers, taking five points from six group games, including back-to-back losses to Real Madrid.

After a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League last time out, and a comprehensive victory over Hoffenheim in August’s play-off qualifier, Klopp’s side are in strong European form.

However, they take on Eduardo Berizzo’s Sevilla having suffered a humiliating 5-0 loss away to Man City in the league on Saturday afternoon, with Sadio Mane controversially sent off at Anfield.

The Senegal winger is not suspended for the Champions League, however, and is among Klopp’s side as they make their continental comeback.

Loris Karius is fielded between the sticks, with Klopp opting to designate his compatriot as Liverpool’s goalkeeper in Europe, ahead of Simon Mignolet.

The 24-year-old will marshal a back four of Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno, with the latter taking on his former side.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson is retained as Klopp’s No. 6, with Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in the dual No. 8 roles.

And with Mane able to take to the field ahead of his spell on the sidelines, the 25-year-old joins Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino in attack.

Alongside Mignolet on the substitutes’ bench, Ragnar Klavan, Andrew Robertson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge provide Klopp with a strong reserve selection.

Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno; Henderson, Can, Wijnaldum; Mane, Salah, Firmino

Substitutes: Mignolet, Klavan, Robertson, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Sturridge

Sevilla: Rico; Mercado, Kjaer, Pareja, Escudero; N’Zonzi, Pizarro, Banega; Navas, Correa, Ben Yedder

Substitutes: Soria, Corchia, Carrico, Krohn-Dehli, Sarabia, Muriel, Vazquez

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