Joel Matip will be left out of Liverpool‘s Champions League final team to face Real Madrid, according to former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson.
The Lowdown: Selection headache for Klopp
The Reds face their biggest game of the season on Saturday evening, as they take on Madrid in the most high-profile match in club football.
Jurgen Klopp will likely feel that arguably nine or ten players pick themselves in his starting lineup, but Matip and Ibrahima Konate are battling to partner Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.
The pair have both enjoyed superb seasons for Liverpool but the brutal reality is that only one will start proceedings in Paris.
The Latest: Matip tipped for the axe
“Neither Matip or Konate played well against Wolves at the weekend. But whoever plays alongside Van Dijk improves. He is a top-class player and a leader.
“‘It is not an issue that’s for sure. They could go with Matip or Konate. I think Jurgen Klopp will go for Konate though. They have a good relationship together. They have worked well together in the Champions League this season.”
The Verdict: Konate favourite to start
It is such a tough call over who starts out of Matip and Konate, with both possessing different attributes, from the former’s calm and experience to the latter’s pace and aggression.
The fact that Vinicius Jr is an electric left winger who could find space in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold means that Konate is the favourite to start, though.
His speed could be required in Liverpool’s much-discussed high line, with Matip not as quick and more suited to facing a different kind of attacking threat. Whoever Klopp goes with, fans will have few issues, given the brilliance of both.
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