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9th April 2019
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Liverpool return to European action on Tuesday night as they take on in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday night.

The Reds take on familiar opponents in the Portuguese champions, having thrashed them 5-0 in the last-16 of last year's competition.

has no huge injury worries heading in to the game, although the swiftly recovering and Joe Gomez are still not fully fit for the clash at Anfield.

Liverpool left-back will be serving a one-match suspension after picking up his third yellow card of the competition against Bayern last time around, giving Klopp a slight conundrum to solve.

The Reds should be in confident mood after their exploits this season, although Klopp has warned his side to keep their composure against a "really difficult" opponent.

are a physical and dynamic side who are more than capable of hurting the Reds and the onus will be on Liverpool to put some distance between the two before the away leg.

Here’s how we think Liverpool will line up on Tuesday night...

Defence

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Robertson's suspension is a blow for Liverpool, with the left-back pivotal in closing down space on the left and equally integral to the Reds' attacking play.

Klopp could have had the option to turn to Gomez should he have returned against as originally intended, however the youngster needs more time in training.

“We wanted to have Joe around, not because he is now 100 per cent ready but it was just nice to have him,” Klopp said of Gomez's availability.

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“He could be maybe [available] but for him it’s better to have more sessions. Joe needs that, he is not long enough in training.

“If we don’t struggle players-wise, that we don’t have enough, then we should not think about Joe for the next one or two weeks because now he needs really proper training. He was around, that was good.”

Klopp is likely to turn to instead of left-back , with the vice-captain having replaced in the second-half against Saints.

is fit despite suffering a knock from "a fall on the ground" on Friday, and the Dutchman is set to feature alongside , and in the Reds back-line.

Starting players:

, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Milner

Midfield

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Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to feature, however he could yet be a surprise inclusion on the substitutes bench.

suffered a back problem against however Klopp confirmed during his pre-match press conference that the midfielder is expected to be in contention for the game.

will be vying for a starting role after making a huge impact off the bench against Ralph Hasenhuttl's side, including an assist for and a goal of his own to seal a 3-1 victory.

Wijnaldum has looked somewhat fatigued in recent weeks - and it's no surprise considering he has 13 more appearances than any other Reds midfielder this season - but it's likely that Klopp will stick with the Dutchman for a fixture of this magnitude.

It means is most likely to make way for Henderson, despite scoring his first ever Liverpool goal against Saints.

is almost certain to be needed against 's physical style of play and it is unlikely Klopp would leave out the Brazilian, although Milner is another possible option should Moreno fill in at left-back.

Starting players:

, Henderson, Wijnaldum

Attack

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scored his first goal in nine games for Liverpool as he netted the Reds' crucial second against and reached the milestone of 50 Premier League goals for Liverpool.

The Egyptian will now be looking to build on that goal and strike his 15th Champions League goal in just 24 appearances for the Reds on Tuesday.

has scored three goals in Europe so far this season - the same as Salah - and the Senegalese will undoubtedly join him and in attack.

Klopp will have alternative options in the likes of Divock Origi, and , however the usual attacking trio are certain to start.

Starting players:

Salah, Firmino, Mane

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