Liverpool host FC Midtjylland in the Champions League on Tuesday night, in what should arguably be the Reds’ easiest assignment of the group stage.
Liverpool vs. FC Midtjylland
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 8pm (GMT)
Champions League Group Stage (2)
Referee: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Liverpool find themselves in the middle of a relentless run of fixtures and there is no sign of it slowing down this week.
Next up is the midweek visit of Midtjylland, as the Reds aim to further boost their hopes of reaching the last-16 of Europe’s top competition.
In truth, the Danish side are one of the less-fashionable or known quantities in the Champions League this season, but Liverpool must not take their foot off the gas.
A 3-2 win away to Brondby at the weekend is proof that they can be a handful, and with changes potentially made by Klopp, the Reds could come unstuck if they are not careful.
It is a case of being ruthless and getting the job done, prior to focus turning to the weekend visit of West Ham.
Anfield’s first European game of 2020/21 will come in surreal circumstances, with no crowd to be seen, but yet another win is to be expected from this magnificent team.
Liverpool are still plagued by injury problems, meaning rotation is no easy thing for Klopp currently.
Even the most ardent football fan would struggle to be an expert on Midtjylland, but they are a successful side in their own right.
Managed by talented young boss Brian Priske, they are the reigning Danish Superliga champions, also winning the title in 2014/15 and 2017/18. They also won the Danish Cup for the first time last year.
Like Liverpool, Midtjylland have accumulated 13 points from their opening six matches, sitting second in the table level with leaders SonderjyskE.
Priske’s side opened their Champions League account with a 4-0 defeat at home to the dangerous Atalanta, although the result was an unfair reflection on the game, as Klopp alluded to on Monday.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Liverpool and Midtjylland.
Did You Know?
Liverpool haven’t lost back-to-back European home games since the 2009/10 season, when Lyon and Fiorentina both earned 2-1 wins at Anfield.
The Reds did lose their last European match at home, however, with Atletico Madrid earning a 3-2 victory after extra-time back in March.
Even then, Klopp’s men didn’t lose in 90 minutes!
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Midtjylland – Last five results (all competitions)
Won 3-2 vs. Brondby
Lost 4-0 vs. Atalanta
Won 3-1 vs. OB
Drew 2-2 vs. Horsens
Won 4-1 vs. Slavia Praha
Speaking in his press conference on Monday, Klopp stressed the importance of not taking Midtjylland lightly at Anfield:
“Since yesterday I know a lot [about them]. Before that, I know the story of the club, the things they tried with science in a different way, it’s a very interesting project.
“Yesterday I saw plenty of games and summaries and now I’m in the picture.
“The Atalanta game did not look like a 4-0, the possession [was] pretty level, they are [tactically] flexible as well so it’s a challenge and we have to be ready.”
TV & Liveblog Info
Liverpool vs. Midtjylland will be shown live in the UK on BT Sport 3, with coverage getting underway at 7.15pm (GMT). Kickoff is at 8pm.
Chris Williams is in charge of This Is Anfield’s matchday liveblog, keeping you up to date with the action from 7.15pm (GMT).