Who could be starting against Midtjylland?

Jurgen Klopp will have a rare opportunity to give his key players a rest in Liverpool's final Champions League group game at Midtjylland, where we could see a few European debuts for several of the young Reds.

The Reds have already secured top spot in the group, while their Danish opponents will have nothing but pride to play for having picked up just a solitary point. With several senior players coming back from injuries, this dead-rubber fixture will be the perfect chance for Klopp to make wholesale changes to his team; giving players who are staking a first-team claim a chance to prove themselves as well.


Here are some players to look out for:



1. Trent Alexander-Arnold

Position: RB

Age: 22

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The young defender marked his return from injury with a bang against Wolves at the weekend, producing a trademark ball that led to the sumptuous team goal. Alexander-Arnold came on in the 68th minute in that game, and Klopp could well be looking at the upcoming clash to give him more minutes in the legs as well as provide some experience in a potentially young team.


2. Naby Keita

Position: CM

Age: 25


Time is slowly running out for the Guinean international. A quality player on his day, Keita has struggled with injuries ever since arriving at Anfield. He has shown glimpses of his potential whenever he is involved, but it is time for him to prove that he can remain fit for a stretch of games. Midtjylland could well be the match he properly kicks off his Anfield career.


3. Billy Koumetio

Position: CB

Age: 18

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The French defender left his mark at the start of the campaign, putting in a series of commanding pre-season performances. Koumetio appeared to have jumped ahead of Sepp van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever in the pecking order, despite featuring only in the U-18 and U-23s this season. Will we see the former US Orleans defender make his European debut?



4. Jake Cain

Position: CM

Age: 19

Jake Cain for liverpool
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Another hoping to make his European debut is creative midfielder Cain. Having travelled with the senior squad to Amsterdam during their last Champions League clash against Ajax, Cain will be hoping to play a part in tonight's game. At the club since he was nine, the Englishman can follow in the footsteps of Curtis Jones and use this game as a platform to really make an impression.


5. Leighton Clarkson

Position: CM

Age: 19

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A good friend of Cain, Clarkson rosed through the ranks of Liverpool's academy in a similar fashion, and will be hoping to be a part of the Reds' future midfield. He was also named on the bench earlier in the European campaign, with a start tonight looking likely for the highly technical player tipped for huge things.



6. Kostas Tsimikas

Position: LB

Age: 24


The Greek defender has found chances hard to come by since his arrival at Melwood, and it is not hard to see why with Andy Robertson bombing down the wing week in, week out. Tsimikas should find himself in the starting line-up against Midtjylland, hoping to seize the rare opportunity with both hands.


7. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Position: CM

Age: 27

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The return of the Ox this week will be positive news for Klopp, with his versatility surely useful in the coming weeks as the fixture list piles on. The midfielder returned to full training at the AXA Training Centre after a knee injury sustained during pre-season preparations and although unlikely to start, it will be a welcome sight to see him at least on the bench, and maybe even an opportunity for him to get some much-needed minutes.



Predicted Line-up:

Kelleher, Alexander-Arnold, R Williams, Koumetio, Tsimikas, Jones, Clarkson, Keita, Origi, Minamino, Jota

 

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