Tomorrow night’s game became even more important the minute Jurgen Klopp’s men suffered a shock 3-2 defeat against Swansea.
It is a must win not only because there is a trophy up for grabs but also because we cannot afford to lose any more confidence.
What Wednesday’s semi-final second leg has the potential to be is the start of our fight back and the perfect opportunity to produce the exciting attacking football that saw us enjoy such an impressive start to the season. Perhaps a special night under the Anfield lights and facing a 1-0 deficit is what the players need.
We expect Klopp to stick with Loris Karius in goal after the German put in a strong performance in the first leg by, in fact, keeping us in the tie all together.
Our back four is where the most eye-catching changes look set to take place. Joel Matip’s likely return to the starting line up will be a significant boost with the defender having not lost a game for the club yet. With Nathaniel Clyne expected to miss out through injury, Trent Alexander-Arnold looks set to be trusted at right-back having impressed during the recent 1-1 draw against Manchester United. The 18-year-old has been outstanding when called upon this season and we are confident he will continue that good form.
Philippe Coutinho’s slow return to full fitness means we expect Klopp to keep his faith in a midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and, despite being heavily criticised of late, Emre Can.
This, in turn, would mean Adam Lallana starting in a more advanced role again. Roberto Firmino is certain to start alongside him after his brace against Swansea while Daniel Sturridge looks a good bet to lead the line as the Reds go in search of goals.