Match Preview: FC Midtjylland vs Liverpool
Date & time: December 9th, 2020 - 5:55pm
Where: MCH Arena
Is it on: BT Sport
Ref: François Letexier (FRA)
A solitary point, away to Atalanta last week, is all the Danes have to show for their Champions League campaign this season.
But for a club of that size, it's more about the glory of going toe-to-toe with some of the strongest sides in Europe, testing themselves, and the inevitable TV and group stage money that comes with that.
Tomorrow will be a bit of an odd one though. Liverpool are likely to field a much-weakened team, with qualification - and top spot - guaranteed. Will the home side make a game of it and try to get their first win, for posterity?
Or will Liverpool's back-up, youth and fringe players look to prove a point, as we continue through a really busy period over the coming holidays, with minutes likely up for grabs?
It's a question that will likely only be answered after the whistle kicks the game off tomorrow but Jurgen Klopp has made it clear today already: it's the Champions League and we are Liverpool FC.
Injuries & Suspension
Being able to field both Trent and Naby on Sunday, even if only for the latter stages of the second half, was a huge boost for both fans and the squad.
Both are likely to be available for the game tomorrow, with the more frequently used senior squad members finally getting a rest.
We will, however, still be without the services of Van Dijk, Gomez, Thiago, Ox, Alisson and Milner. The squad is looking much healthier than it was two weeks ago, though!
Last 5 games:
Midtjylland (all comps): W-L-D-D-W
Liverpool (all comps): W-L-D-W-W
Predicted Line up
We will almost certainly see wholesale changes for the game tomorrow, but Kelleher is likely to keep his place.
Elsewhere, Origi will likely start, out of the fact that he's a senior squad member and, after last weeks showing, is unlikely to be trusted in more important games going forward.
Tsimikas is the obvious choice to come in at left-back, with Rhys Williams partnering Billy Moumetio at centre back. Whilst Trent and Keita will probably be given an hour or so each.
Takumi is an almost certainty to start, and I'm also on the fence about Jota. He's still technically considered an alternative to the established front three. But his recent form has been too good to leave him out. I think he'll be given minutes tomorrow too.
Predicted starting XI: Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, Koumetio, R. Williams, Tsimikas; Clarkson, Keita, Jones; Minamino, Jota and Origi.