Jurgen Klopp to drop Mo’ Salah for Genk clash
One of Tuesday night UCL fixtures sees Genk go to Anfield for the reverse fixtures in Group E. Liverpool boss Jurgen Kloop is advised to keep ace forward Mohammed Salah on the sidelines.
The Reds can can guarantee their place in the last-16 stage by beating the Group E whipping boys, but Klopp has hinted he could rotate his squad to cope with their demanding fixture list, which includes Sunday’s super-clash against Manchester City .
Former Arsenal star and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes Salah should be given a rest after an “average” performance in Saturday’s last-gasp win at Aston Villa.
The Egyptian was substituted midway through the second half at Villa Park as he and Liverpool struggled for fluency.
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“I watched the Liverpool game at the weekend”, Nicholas told SkySports. “It was a cracking game and end-to-end with drama too.
“Liverpool are not at their best. People might suggest that once they get going, they will be ruthless, but they are getting away with it currently.
“The Napoli and Manchester United matches were reality checks, but they could have been two or three down by the time they rescued things at Aston Villa.
“Liverpool have a huge amount of games coming up. Mohamed Salah was really average at the weekend, as was Roberto Firmino, so Jurgen Klopp may leave a couple out and change it up.
“The full-backs will stay the same and you have to leave Sadio Mane in, but Fabinho could also come back in.
“It is normally Firmino who he rests, but I would leave him in with Mane and leave Salah out. He may not like it but it needs to happen.
“Divock Origi and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain might come in and I think it will be a comfortable night for Liverpool nonetheless”
Chamberlain, who has his two goals of the competition in the reverse fixture at Belgium. Liverpool won 4-1 and Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah both got on the scoresheet.
Liverpool go head on against Man City next
Looking past the UCL fixtures on Tuesday, Liverpool travels to the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. A fixture that might decide their sturdy hold on the top of the EPL log. Liverpool would expect to have all the guns loaded and ready for a robust Manchester City.