Liverpool are facing a huge challenge in their attempts to advance to the Champions League semi-finals. The Reds host Real Madrid at Anfield as they look to overturn a 3-1 deficit.
Ahead of the second leg against the Spanish giants, LFC Transfer Room writers take a look at what lineup Jurgen Klopp will put out this evening.
TAA, Kabak, Phillips, Robertson
Fabinho, Thiago, Firmino
Jota, Salah, Mané
In need of a comeback at Anfield Klopp has to pull out all the stops. Playing the front four together (Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané) gives Liverpool the best attack they can offer as goals will need to be scored. Firmino dropping in behind the rotating trio should give Real Madrid issues, especially given their defensive concerns.
With Firmino essentially dropping to a number 10, Thiago and Fabinho seem to be the ideal playing partners in midfield. Fabinho will be vital in neutralizing Real Madrid counters and keeping the ball away from Benzema inside the 18 yard box. Thiago's addition in the first half of the first leg turned Liverpool's fortunes for a split second, he gets the start here.
No changes in defense. Kabak had a stellar showing against Villa on the weekend, Phillips solid as well.
Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Fabinho, Thiago, Salah, Firmino & Jota
With Liverpool being 3-1 down on aggregate, a big European night at Anfield awaits the Reds. Every single player will have to put in one of their best performances to date and fight until the very end.
I predict we will see an unchanged back four who have played with each for a number of months now. There are not many other options available and this is the strongest available back four.
Against Aston Villa, Thiago entered the field on the 70th minute mark so this surely indicates he was being rested for the Champions League. Also, when he was brought on in the first leg his presence was evident. The other two midfielders that I think will be selected are powerhouse Fabinho and Georginio Wijnaldum who loves to score a crucial goal or two in the Champions League.
In the front line Mohamed Salah’s place is secure. With 28 goals to his name so far this season he remains Liverpool’s most likely goalscorer. The in form Diogo Jota should also start. Jurgen Klopp’s biggest decision is whether to start Roberto Firmino or Sadio Mané and I think Klopp will pick Firmino. The Brazilian looks to have re-gained his form and scored at the weekend until it was controversially ruled out. Sadio Mané is struggling to find goals but let’s not forget that ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.