Liverpool are safely through to the last 16 and this makes Thursday’s match a dead rubber for the Reds, allowing them to leave Alisson, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah out of the 23-man travelling squad.
“It’s really important you can find a group who can really fight in the game, who can really go for it. That’s the job to do,” Klopp told reporters on Wednesday.
“[A group] who is physically in the situation to do that, and from a determination point of view as well, I think we found that.
“I hope we can choose that lineup because you never know what happens overnight.
“So, the lineup in my mind and the one we used in training today would mean we have a good mix between a bit more experience and youth.
“We want to go for it, that’s it.”
The manager is no stranger to making wholesale changes in this competition, he has averaged nine across the first five group games in the competition and we expect to see the same, or more against Union SG.
Moreover, a start for 19-year-old McConnell would be his first for the senior team and with plenty of young players in the ranks, Klopp could well name the club’s youngest-ever starting XI in Europe.
The current record is held by the 1970 team who faced Dinamo Bucharest in the Fairs Cup, with the starting lineup averaging an age of 23 years and 148 days.