Klopp To Make 5 Key Changes: Predicted Liverpool XI vs Sevilla
Sep 13 2017
There are footballing reasons to start Philippe Coutinho against Sevilla on Wednesday, with the player having played 30 minutes for Brazil twice over the recent worldwide break and while perhaps not ready to go the full 90 minutes at least ready to play 60 should Jürgen Klopp decide to start him.
Jurgen Klopp will be desperate for his side to put Saturday's 5-0 mauling away to Manchester City behind them, as they look to lay down a marker against Sevilla - the team likely to be the main rivals for qualification to the last 16.
Liverpool boss Klopp is missing several key names going into Wednesday night's clash.
" Phil is a fantastic player, and hopefully we can use him as quickly as possible."
Then I would expect to see Coutinho starting against Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, when his invention and guile would be very useful to unlock the door against opponents who will come to Anfield intent on defending.
Klopp confirmed the fact that it's Coutinho's back injury that has prevented him from getting first team action at Liverpool.
Liverpool will face Spanish outfit Seville in their next Champions League match.
The German coach will guide his side back to Champions League action for the first time since the 2014/15 season - where they crashed out in the group stages in disappointing fashion.
Liverpool owe Sevilla after the a crushing defeat against them in the 2016 Europa League final and I'm sure Klopp will be reminding his players of that match in the Anfield dressing room tomorrow night.
The news of his illness comes just hours after he told of his excitement at the prospect of the clash with Sevilla, who beat Liverpool in the Europa League final a year ago.
"Mohamed Salah missed Liverpool's training session on Tuesday afternoon due to illness", a statement from Liverpool website read.
Senegal worldwide Sadio Mane is likely to start for Liverpool after being sent off for his collision with Man City keeper Ederson.
They lack a Virgil van Dijk, dare I say, but I have been told in recent days that Southampton will not sell their Dutch defender to Liverpool under any circumstances, so they should have at least tried to get someone else in who could have done a job.