Liverpool vs Middlesbrough - Champions League on the line

Solenn Plantier
Mai 19, 2017

The Reds have fallen short in recent seasons when it comes to overcoming the final hurdle, but that trend needs to be bucked eventually and one would think it will be in this particular game.

Klopp intends to play Milner out of position yet again next season as a left-back, even though Milner recently admitted that he is "frustrated" with being played out of position.

Sessegnon's future with the Cottagers has been up in the air for some time, given that the teenager will only sign his first professional contract with them on 1st July, and Jurgen Klopp could capitalise on Fulham's failure to make the Championship play-off final by moving for the talented full-back.

The Belgian would make up Klopp's first ever starting eleven in the German's first match in charge of Liverpool, a clash against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

By then, it was quite clear that the Merseyside club had themselves a striker with the potential to be a great.

With all the team fit and available, we will see most likely see the traditional line-up from previous matches. He opened the scoring on the half hour mark which was followed by an Origi goal on the hour mark.

"The players we are talking to are good players and I know they have offers from other clubs.Maybe they will play Champions League whatever (happens in Sunday's game)".

However, that hasn't quite been the case this season.

Concerns are growing about Firmino's availability for Sunday's home fixture against already relegated Middlesbrough, with Liverpool hoping to close out their season by beating the North East side. Out of 18 fixtures against sides now in the bottom half of the table, Liverpool failed to win seven - losing five and drawing two.

Jurgen Klopp has defended the way he sets out his Liverpool team and thinks the "intensity" of the Premier League is the reason clubs have found it hard in the Champions League. With just a paltry five wins and 27 goals to show for their 37 game in the top flight so far, the thoughts of the faithful have long since moved on to how a promotion push can be mounted next term. Boro will arrive at Anfield with nothing to lose and pride to play for, whereas Liverpool may well take to the pitch feeling the weight of the world on their shoulders.

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