Champions League Match Preview: Liverpool vs Midtjylland
Date & time: October 27th, 2020 - 8pm
Is it on: BT Sport
Ref: Pawel Raczkowski (POL)
Most fans would be lying if they said that this was the one they'd been looking forward to. When we saw the groups drawn, our opponents tonight were seen as the 'whipping boys'.
Atalanta's result over in Denmark last week didn't do anything to dissuade that view either, but Liverpool have to be careful not to approach this game at anything less than 100%.
Every Champions League Group Stage game is a potential embarrassment. Especially when you're one of the big 'scalps'. We may not be the current European Champions but a result against us tonight, even a draw, would go down as one of Midtjylland's greatest results.
The manager and players have to ensure that they don't even get a sniff, whilst simultaneously bagging a handful of goals. Goal difference may be the big decider in this group, so it's important to grab our fair share along the way.
Injuries & Suspension
The line up tonight is likely to reflect the fact that neither Joe Matip, Thiago or Naby Keita are likely to return until the weekend, at the earliest.
Obviously, we will miss Virgil Van Dijk and Ox, whilst Tsimikas is still mysteriously absent. Still, we're looking a little more flush across the field than we were a week ago. Amazing what Alisson's return has done for confidence.
Last 5 games:
Liverpool (all comps): L-L-D-W-W
Midtjylland (all comps): W-D-W-L-W
Predicted Line up
Any other time and I'd certainly not expect whole sale changes from Klopp, but with the games coming every 3-4 days until the next pointless international break, the boss will be desperate to give his main men a break any which way he can.
Which is why I suspect we'll see a fair few changes tonight, in areas where he'll be wanting to reward good form with more minutes, but also where we're now strong (i.e. across the front).
Predicted starting XI: Alisson, N. Williams, Fabinho, Gomez, Robertson, Jones, Milner, Shaqiri, Jota, Minamino and Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Kelleher, R.Williams, Cain, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Origi and Salah.