With some uncertainty in his midfield, manager Jurgen Klopp has some decisions to make when choosing his Liverpool squad to beat Toulouse.
Liverpool have secured nine points out of nine so far, making it easy for them to qualify for the Europa League.
This should allow them to rest key players for the final game, but Klopp will still be mindful of the need to finish top of the group to avoid an extra play-off round. Here’s how Liverpool could fare against Toulouse.
Klopp is increasingly short on midfielders to choose from. Dominik Szoboszlai is likely to need rest to avoid injury, so Wataru Endo will need to play alongside Harvey Elliott and Alexis Mac Allister.
Klopp also has to make decisions defensively.
Jarrell Quansah will feel he deserves to start after his performance against Bournemouth in the League Cup.
With Joe Gomez having played the last two matches, and the Premier League centre-back partnership firmly set as Virgil van Dijk and Ibrahima Konate, Joel Matip is set to play this one.
Here is how Liverpool will likely line up:
Endo returns to the team after scoring in the home match vs. Toulouse
Ben Doak is fit to play and replaces Mo Salah on the right
Mac Allister starts as he is suspended for Sunday’s Premier League match
This is how Liverpool would look:
Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Quansah, Tsimikas; Endo, Elliott, Mac Allister; Doak, Gakpo, Jota
There are, of course, other options for Klopp, and he could opt to give Luke Chambers another chance after the young left-back played 67 minutes in the home match vs. Toulouse, two weeks ago.
Gomez plays right-back with no international duty next week most likely
Caoimhin Kelleher remains in goal, having started each Europa League game he has been fit for this season
Diaz feels ready to start a game – his father is still being held hostage
Here’s how this alternate team would look:
Kelleher; Gomez, Matip, Quansah, Chambers; Endo, Elliott, Mac Allister; Doak, Gakpo, Diaz
In comparison to previous Europa League fixtures, injuries and conspiring factors have meant this team is slightly easier to predict than in recent weeks.
Whatever players Liverpool have on the field, they should have more than enough quality to beat Toulouse. But we all know that football doesn’t always work like that.