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The lineup Liverpool will almost certainly field against AC Milan

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Jurgen Klopp has a variety of options, but there is only one lineup that seems likely, as over 50,000 fans see Liverpool host AC Milan in the Champions League on Wednesday.

This week, the Reds will play in front of a full Anfield for the first time in Europe since the meeting with Atletico Madrid in March 2020.

That night saw fans from both England and Spain pack out the stadium in questionable circumstances, with a rise in COVID-19 cases on Merseyside deemed to have stemmed from the decision to allow travelling Atletico supporters to attend.

Now, with restrictions eased, UEFA has granted access to AC Milan fans for the tie – though ultras group Curva Sud have vowed not to attend due to difficulties in terms of travel and “the rigid English rules around COVID-19.”

Anfield is expected to be full, or near full, regardless, with the occasion a significant one for Liverpool as they look to make a strong start to their European campaign.

On a run of four games unbeaten so far this season – with three wins and a draw, scoring nine times and conceding just once – there can be confidence among Klopp’s squad.

But how will the manager set his side up for Wednesday’s Group B opener?

 

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There was one major development in terms of injuries at the weekend, but Klopp also has a number of other doubts for the tie:

 

Liverpool’s XI vs. AC Milan

LEEDS, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 12, 2021: Liverpool's captain Virgil van Dijk (R) and Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' during the FA Premier League match between Leeds United FC and Liverpool FC at Elland Road. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Realistically, if no further problems arise from training or following the win at Leeds, there is only one lineup Klopp will look to.

It would mean just one change from the trip to Elland Road, that being enforced due to Elliott’s injury:

That would see Liverpool take to the field like this:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Jota


However, there is a small chance the manager mixes things up slightly, with the obvious point of contention being in midfield.

Curtis Jones, Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all possibilities to replace Elliott if Klopp is seeking a similarly progressive option, while James Milner could provide big-game nous.

Thiago could drop out to accommodate one of those four after his first start of the season, but given his level of performance against Leeds and his experience, it seems likely the Spaniard will be retained.

In fact, it would be a surprise if Liverpool’s teamsheet was anything other than the above when it is released just over an hour before kickoff.

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