Danny Mills has predicted Jurgen Klopp will bin his usual three-man forward line and flood the Liverpool midfield in a surprise attempt to overcome a 3-0 Champions League deficit against Barcelona tonight.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England international claimed he does not expect Klopp to overload the forward line in the absence of injured duo Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino and play a posse of reserve attackers in the semi-final second leg.
Mills claimed the Liverpool manager will instead shake up his system and go more with the tried and trusted players integral to the team’s Premier League and Champions League plans.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he did something a little bit different – play two up front instead of three and pack the midfield,” Mills told Football Insider.
“Klopp knows Barcelona can’t be allowed to dominate the ball, so he might play a 3-5-2 with [Divock] Origi and [Sadio] Mane up front.”
Origi scored a dramatic late winner in Liverpool’s 3-2 Premier League win at Newcastle United on Saturday night, as he headed in an expertly-placed free-kick from fellow substitute Xherdan Shaqiri.
Daniel Sturridge started his second consecutive match in the Premier League as he once again stood in for Firmino.
“The problem with the likes of Sturridge, Shaqiri and Origi is they are not match fit and up to speed,” Mills added. “They might get away with 45 minutes, but not the whole game.
“It’s fine coming on for 20 minutes or half-an-hour, but totally different when you’re playing from the start. Sturridge didn’t look convincing against Newcastle or Huddersfield.”
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