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Liverpool Fans Stunned By Jurgen Klopp's Starting XI To Face Benfica

Rory O'Callaghan

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Liverpool Fans Stunned By Jurgen Klopp's Starting XI To Face Benfica

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made seven changes to his starting line-up for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Benfica.

Liverpool hold a 3-1 lead from the first leg in Portugal and Klopp has decided to rotate his squad, with the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City to come on Saturday.

Only Alisson, Joel Matip, Jordan Henderson and Diogo Jota have kept their place in the side from Sunday's 2-2 draw with City in the Premier League.


Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have both dropped to the bench, with Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino replacing them in the side.

Naby Keita and James Milner come into the midfield in place of Fabinho and Thiago.

Meanwhile, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson all drop to the bench, with Joe Gomez, Ibrahima Konate and Kostas Tsimikas handed a chance to impress in the second leg at Anfield.

Some Liverpool supporters have accused Klopp of underestimating the threat of Benfica.

"All on Klopp if we get knocked out," wrote one fan on Twitter.

Another added: "I get the need to rotate and keep our strongest fit, but I really don't know about that midfield..."

However, other supporters believe Klopp has made the correct call, with crucial domestic games on the horizon.

"Understandable considering who the last game was & who we up against on Saturday," wrote one fan.

Another wrote: "Still winning 3-0, mark my words."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp, Football, Champions League, Benfica

Rory O'Callaghan
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