Jürgen Klopp

Liverpool face Atalanta puzzle, and Kostas Tsimikas could get Champions League chance

Two wins out of two in the first two group games have put Liverpool in a strong position to qualify for the knockout stages, and another victory this evening would almost guarantee progression to the next phase of the competition.

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This would mean that the front three of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané all get a rest, but given the big league game that awaits them at the weekend it wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world,

That’s not to say Liverpool can afford to take Atalanta lightly – they’re clearly an excellent team who pose a real attacking threat – but the Manchester City game on Sunday is the absolute priority.

By default, Joe Gomez has to start, and I’d partner him with Rhys Williams, who more than held his own when drafted in to replace the injured Fabinho during the previous group game against Midtjylland.

Having Jordan Henderson and (hopefully) Thiago Alcântara fully fit and fresh to face City feels imperative, and while Naby Keïta trained on Monday, it’s a huge gamble to chuck him straight back in from the start given his previous injury record.

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