There’s a chance Sadio Mane will not be well enough to start for Liverpool against PSG on Wednesday evening…
The winger has contracted a virus and the club is waiting to see how he gets on during today’s training session to see if it’s a sensible decision to fly him over to Paris.
If he cannot make the trip, Jurgen Klopp has a big decision to make regarding who will start in Mane’s place.
There isn’t necessarily a natural left-wing option in the squad…
We think that without Mane, Klopp will shift Xherdan Shaqiri into the front-three, rather than rely on Daniel Sturridge, who’s been poor away from home in Europe this term.
Shaq and Mo Salah can flank Roberto Firmino, although often the Egyptian will be our most advanced attacker with Bobby dropping into the hole.
As a result, we’ll need to pick three midfielders – with Klopp likely to go with the solidity of Gini Wijnaldum, Jordan Henderson and James Milner.
Personally, with Shaqiri in the front-three, we think Naby Keita is the smart option for the midfield, as he can carry the ball and make more positive passes than the names mentioned.
If Klopp’s really brave, he could keep the 4-2-3-1 formation with Shaqiri on the right, and just use Keita on the left in Mane’s usual role – with two holding midfielders providing us a base in midfield. Away against PSG though, we’re not sure he’ll pick so many offensive players.