Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has an injury crisis, but will still be confident the players he has are able to win. Liverpool is currently seated as second in Champions League Group C. Currently, they look confident after their win 3-2 against Paris Saint-Germain. They are playing today against Red Star Belgrade, hoping for a new win. However, they will have to be cautious. Red Star Belgrade are the top of the domestic championship. In addition to that, Red Star can hope they’ll upset the odds, like Napoli did in their previous duel against Reds. Thus said, Serbia is a sports nation, and will surely hope to scrape something against mighty Reds.
Jurgen Klopp optimistic
According to reports, Jurgen Klopp stated that Liverpool is stronger side, but with reservation to that, added that Red Star is well organized team. Maybe this is a great opportunity for Klopp to try his hot prospects, such as Bobby Duncan.
Surprisingly, Jurgen Klopp speaks highly of Belgrade team before the clash:
“Defending compact helps a lot. Red Star are the dominating side in Serbia, winning 80-90% in their league, but the Champions League is different. They did well against Napoli, who, yes, had more shots on target, but they did well.”
When asked about Red Star performance against other Group C opponents, he said:
“Against PSG, if Neymar starts scoring then nobody can defend that, but it’s all about how they are able to defend and create chances and I know they can do that. They have different strikers to line up. They are tall and quick and have good footballers and their full-backs are really leggy and quick and offensive oriented.”
About Red Star defense and offense, he commented:
“Red Star have a clear structure. Serbian teams are always organized and they know how to defend and are not scared to be aggressive. We have to be prepared to fight for every square meter of the pitch.”
Injuries and possible first eleven
Liverpool will have to face the Belgrade team without Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita. Nevertheless, Mo Salah and his teammates should be able to beat Serbian side without problems. Here is the possible tactical choice for Jurgen Klopp’s side:
And possible eleven for Belgrade team: