The Liverpool supporters are full of confidence in the Transfer Tavern as the anticipation builds ahead of the Merseyside derby against Everton this afternoon.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were in rampant form in the Champions League on Wednesday evening as they tore Manchester City apart to record a 3-0 victory at Anfield. Liverpool now have an amazing opportunity to progress into the semi-final of the competition, but City still have plenty of time to turn things around whilst the tie is only at the half-time stage.
The Reds must quickly re-focus ahead of their Premier League clash against Everton today, as their place in the top-four is still not guaranteed at this stage. However, it would take an almighty collapse from Liverpool for Chelsea to overtake them and secure a place in next seasons Champions League in the final weeks of the season, so Klopp should prioritise the second-leg clash against City today when he chooses his starting eleven.
With that being said, Liverpool’s charismatic German manager should leave Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the bench today to ensure he is well rested ahead of their trip to The Etihad. Chamberlain was in red-hot form against City last Wednesday in the heart of midfield, and he capped a brilliant performance with a sensational strike from distance to double Liverpool’s advantage in the first-half.
Chamberlain has developed into a fine central midfield player in his new surroundings on Merseyside this season since his move from Arsenal last summer. The engine he provides in midfield combined with his technical ability whilst moving forward with the ball has proven to be a devastating combination throughout the season so far.
However, playing three games of high intensity within the space of a week could prove to be a step too far for Chamberlain to take, so Klopp must be wise with his selection this afternoon and hand Georginio Wijnaldum a starting berth in his place. The decision may prove to be an unpopular one as local bragging rights and pride are at stake today, but it’s one which Klopp simply has to make to ensure Liverpool secure their place in the semi-final of the Champions League.
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