Klopp should give Alexander-Arnold his first start since injury and drop Milner later

Klopp should give Alexander-Arnold his first start since injury and drop Milner later

Liverpool host Bayern Munich at Anfield tonight in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game and their are promo codes galore available.

Jurgen Klopp will have a lot to think about ahead of the tie, including as to who he partners with Joel Matip at centre-back, given Virgil van Dijk’s suspension.

Across the attack, Klopp’s thinking will be more straight-forward but it will certainly be interesting to see who he opts for in the backline and midfield.

With that in mind, here is one player that should start and one player that should be dropped…

Start Trent Alexander-Arnold

Alexander-Arnold has not started a game since mid-January when he suffered a knee injury in the win against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The 20-year-old made a substitute appearance against Bournemouth 10 days ago and now looks set to build on that with a start against Bayern.

As Liverpool have no other natural right-back options, Alexander-Arnold’s return will be a very timely one.

Drop James Milner 

The ever-reliable James Milner has lent a hand at right-back during Alexander-Arnold’s absence, but there is a chance he may not start in midfield against Bayern.

With Fabinho set to start at centre-back in place of Van Dijk, Jordan Henderson could be chosen to start in the holding midfield role, leaving two of Naby Keita, Gini Wijnaldum and Milner to start slightly ahead of him.

Keita and Wijnaldum look the most obvious options to combine creativity and a relentless work-ethic, however, Klopp could still opt for Milner if he is looking for a more defensive approach. Either way, it will be intriguing to see how the German boss deals with his selection headache.

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