Jurgen Klopp is banking on youngsters to deliver as Curtis Jones and Rhys Williams start against Atalanta in the UEFA Champions League tonight.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made two changes to the side that won against West Ham on the weekend, for their UEFA Champions League fixture against Atalanta tonight.
The German tactician was devoid of defensive options heading into this game with Virgil van Dijk and Fabinho both ruled out through injury while Joel Matip was facing issues with fitness. Nat Phillips, who deputised for Fabinho in the win over West Ham, was also ineligible to feature in this competition.
As a result, Klopp has called up Rhys Williams, who had replaced Fabinho when he initially picked up a knock against Midtjylland last week. The youngster will partner Joe Gomez in central defence with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson occupying the full-back roles and Alisson starting in goal.
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There has been no change in midfield, with Curtis Jones retaining his place in the side, ahead of James Milner. Interestingly, Naby Keita has been included on the bench and could appear as a second-half substitute.
In the attack, one expected change has been made with Roberto Firmino making way for the in-form Diogo Jota. It means Mohamed Salah should operate in the false-nine role with the Portuguese and Sadio Mane operating as wingers.
Liverpool Confirmed XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Williams, Gomez, Robertson; Jones, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Jota, Salah, Mane.