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  • David Tyrer

Robertson backs Salah and Firmino replacements vs Barca

After the first leg at the Nou Camp last week, we didn't expect to be greeting the Spanish champions at Anfield looking to somehow overturn a three goal deficit.

We certainly didn't expect to be doing it without Mo Salah and Bobby Firmino.

The Reds will take the field at Anfield tonight without two of the team's most important players, meaning that we're likely to have a couple of starters from a group of players including Rhian Brewster, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge.

When asked about the players likely to come in, he told "Especially the first three you’ve mentioned, they've been fit and carried this squad obviously with disappointment of not playing.

"But they've used it in the right way by putting 100 per cent in training and pushing the lads that are playing to their absolute maximum.

"That's why I think the boys on the pitch have played so well this season - because we get pushed by the people off it. But people on the outside don't really see that and the lads won't get the credit they deserve, but the whole squad have been magnificent.

"Rhian's a different kettle of fish. He's been out most of the season. Now he's come back and he's been doing well in training and scoring goals for the U23s.

"If he is involved or whatever then it'll be incredible for him. He's a confident lad and he's got no doubt in his ability and neither does anyone at Melwood.

"When he gets his chance, it's about showing it to everyone else because we know how good a player he is. Let's see if he gets his chance. But if not, then his chance is coming sooner rather than later."

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