Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Liverpool's Joel Matip could return sooner than expected, says Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool's Joel Matip could return sooner than expected, says Jurgen Klopp

Finding a balance between keeping players fresh and playing his best team is a challenge Klopp has embraced, with the statistics suggesting he has made more team changes than any other Premier League manager this season.

However, they have paid the price for conceding a 3-0 half-time lead to draw in Seville last time out as victory there would have already guaranteed their place at the top of the pile.

But an early goal for the visitors could provoke a nervy atmosphere on L4 with Spartak looking to produce a shock result.

Adam Lallana will not be involved as he continues to build towards full fitness after sustaining a few niggles following his long-term thigh injury. Kombarov joins Jano Ananidze, Artem Timofeev and Georgi Tigiyev on the list of players who are also sidelined.

However, Klopp has reiterated that he is not concerned about any bid, instead claiming that he is only focused on the club's important Champions League clash with Spartak Moscow.

Liverpool are unbeaten in their last seven Champions League games although five of those have ended in a draw. Their only meeting at Anfield came in October 2002, when Liverpool won 5-0.

It means defeat to Spartak, who have to win to progress, is likely to send them tumbling out of the competition.

The Reds host Spartak needing only a point to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Firmino has scored 11 goals in 21 games so far this season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson were given license to bomb forward in the full-back roles and Brighton could not deal with Liverpool's pace and power.

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