Jürgen Klopp oversaw Liverpool training ahead of Benfica in the Champions League. Thiago Alcântara was the only player missing for the light workout in Kirkby.
Liverpool’s players trained in Kirkby on Tuesday ahead of the Champions League clash with Benfica on Wednesday night — with everyone present except Thiago Alcântara.
The Spanish midfielder was not spotted for the light session in front of the cameras, but that is not necessarily a major concern given that Roberto Firmino missed training on Friday and then played two days later at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
Jürgen Klopp said in his press conference earlier in the day that every Reds player was available for the clash with Benfica at Anfield, where Liverpool will be defending a 3-1 lead.
Thiago might not have featured in the match anyway given that it is sandwiched between the two mammoth matches with Manchester City, with Klopp likely to provide an update on him — should one be required — tomorrow evening.
The Liverpool manager is expected to make changes for the second leg of the last-eight tie with so many fixtures coming in such a short space of time.
After Benfica and Manchester City come Manchester United and Everton, with Liverpool potentially having a game every three or four days until the final game of the league season against Wolves.
With that in mind, the likes of Kostas Tsimikas, Ibrahima Konate and Naby Keita could feature here, and even the likes of James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in with a shout.
Up top is where the most depth lies, with Luis Diaz and Roberto Firmino hoping to get the call having been left out of the starting XI against Manchester City a couple of days ago.
Mohamed Salah, meanwhile, could probably do with a rest even if he will want to play and end his goal ‘drought’ from open play.
There won’t be too many chances to take him out of the firing line over the course of the next few weeks, so doing so here could make plenty of sense.
The same could be said, realistically, of much of the team. Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and perhaps an attacker aside, there is a good argument to hand out rests — even for Van Dijk and Fabinho, there is a case.
Whoever is chosen, should Liverpool perform professionally and to the level they will expect to, they will progress into the final four of the competition, where either Bayern Munich or Villarreal lie in wait.
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