June 14, 2024

Liverpool’s expected XI against Benfica with Reds facing Mohamed Salah decision

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Liverpool’s expected XI to face Benfica in Champions League second leg tie with Reds facing Mohamed Salah’s decision.

Liverpool have already have one foot in the semi-final having recorded a brilliant 3-1 win in Portugal, and Klopp could choose to make a couple of changes to ensure his side remain competitive in all three of their competitions. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will need to decide whether to rest Mo Salah as they prepare to face Benfica in the second leg of their Champions League tie. 

The Reds can still win three more trophies this season to add to the EFL Cup they lifted in February. 

They remain on the toes of Manchester City in the Premier League table after Sunday’s 2-2 draw between the two teams. 

Klopp’s side can also win the Champions League and the FA Cup, with Klopp potentially having an eye on Saturday’s semi-final against City. 

Liverpool’s expected XI against Benfica

Goalkeeper: Alisson

Alisson is the undisputed No 1 at Liverpool and will surely start this game.

Defenders: Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas

Centre-backs Ibrahima Konate and Virgil van Dijk were given a tough time by Benfica’s Darwin Nunez in the first leg.

But Konate could come back in to partner Van Dijk after missing out on a start in the crunch City clash three days ago. 

Midfielders: Henderson, Keita, Jones

Klopp has shuffled his midfield frequently this season, and he may do so again on Wednesday. Jordan Henderson could be the lone survivor from the 2-2 draw with City’s midfield.

After a cameo appearance on Sunday, Naby Keita might return to the starting lineup in the second leg. Curtis Jones, who made a rare cameo in the 2-0 win over Watford two weeks ago, might line up alongside him.

Attackers: Mane, Firmino, Diaz

In attack, Klopp’s biggest selection conundrum arises. Salah has not scored from open play in his previous ten games for club and country, and he appears to be influenced by his contract situation.

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He’s had a difficult few months, losing the African Cup of Nations and missing out on a World Cup spot with Egypt.

Klopp could want to give the 29-year-old a break.

Luis Diaz, who scored Liverpool’s third goal in the first leg, might return to the team on the wing as a result. Diogo Jota could be replaced by Roberto Firmino.

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