Karius gets Champions League nod for Liverpool

Doug Mendoza
September 13, 2017

He came back after a long flight, after three weeks without playing.

Mohamed Salah is uncertain to feature for Liverpool when they lock horns with Sevilla in the Champions League at Anfield.

Manager Jurgen Klopp will be hoping that Liverpool get off to a winning start to their Champions League campaign, but knows that this side will face a tough test against the La Liga giants.

Jurgen Klopp's men were thrashed 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday, after Sadio Mane's straight red card in the first half reduced them to 10 men, and Salah is determined to bounce back in their next clash.

Liverpool do not have as good a record as they would want when hosting Spanish teams. However, the speed at which they collapsed and the ease with which Sevilla moved to a 3-1 win was alarming.

However, the Premier League side held firm and rebuffed all offers for their playmaker.

It's perhaps expected that Liverpool's front three will break Sevilla's stubborn back-line at some point in the match, especially with home advantage.

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In the first half-hour of the second half, we were much better but you can always concede against players of that quality. PSG have scored 19 goals and won all five of their Ligue 1 games this season, and Neymar has four goals in four games.

Whilst Liverpool lost to a very impressive City side, it was the manner of the defeat that was most concerning.

"If we don't give them a game then every year we have to find a number two, 33 years old, who still can catch a few balls and doesn't want to play any more - that's really hard, to find someone like that".

If Coutinho starts, though, it won't matter.

This is a new game and Liverpool have the squad to cause Sevilla all sorts of problems later this week, especially with the Anfield crowd behind them. Ever Banega is available for the away side after serving a suspension at the weekend.

Sevilla's attacking play and pressing style could trouble Liverpool a bit but the Reds will have plenty of motivation on Wednesday.

After a brilliant term under Jorge Sampaoli, Berizzo is looking to push them on again.

If Liverpool find themselves needing a goal, these two would be their best options to make an impact.

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