Liverpool predicted line-up as teenage star poised for first start

Jurgen Klopp is set to give several fringe players a chance against FC Midtjylland in Liverpool’s final Champions League group game.

The Reds have secured safe passage into the knockout stages and will progress as group winners.

It allows Klopp to bring in fresh legs as we begin the hectic Christmas schedule.

The Liverpool boss has given plenty of young players a chance to shine this term and it could now be the turn of 19-year-old Leighton Clarkson.

The teenager played twice last season in both cup competitions and could make his first start of the current campaign.

He will be surrounded by the experience of Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino in the middle of the park.

Leighton Clarkson is yet to feature this season

Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino are poised to start together in attack alongside Divock Origi, who has only scored the once this season.

Rhys Williams, another youngster, will continue getting opportunities in the Champions League.

Regulars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho are expected to play in the backline and protect Caoimhín Kelleher, who played against Ajax.

Klopp’s team will take on the Danish side at his old home, Signal Iduna Park.

Borussia Dortmund’s stadium has been borrowed for the night as the Reds sought a new venue amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak.

The contest marks the start of a busy 10 days with Liverpool playing four times.

Caoimhin Kelleher made a vital save in Liverpool’s last Champions League match

“The job is to get in fresh legs,” said Klopp.

“Very important to get quality to change as much as you have to. It’s pretty much led not by me, it’s by the schedule. 

“This game is Wednesday, which is of course absolutely fine, three days after the last game.

“The next game is on Sunday [against] Fulham, on Wednesday Tottenham, Saturday 12.30 [at] Crystal Palace.

“That means in 10 days or so, four games. That’s massive and we have to consider that.”

Predicted line-up: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, R Williams, Fabinho, Tsimikas; Keita, Clarkson, Minamino; Jota, Firmino, Origi

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