Liverpool might make six changes in the Europa League following three returns from injury

According to liverpoolecho, Liverpool kept their Premier League title hopes alive with a thrilling win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Darwin Nunez came off the bench to score the winner late into extra time, giving the Reds a crucial 1-0 victory. Liverpool will now attempt to extend their quest for a quadruple when they restart their Europa League campaign on Thursday with a round of 16 first leg clash against Sparta Prague. And here, we look ahead to the adjustments Jurgen Klopp may make when his squad returns to play.

Klopp will be expected to rotate his team as much as possible for the journey to Czechia, considering the game is only three days before a Premier League clash at home against fellow title rivals Manchester City. With Alisson Becker out for at least another month, Caioimhin Kelleher is anticipated to continue in goal ahead of Adrian. Kostas Tsimikas will most likely replace Andy Robertson at left-back, while Joe Gomez’s flexibility makes him a challenger to Conor Bradley at right-back. Trent Alexander-Arnold stays out.

Gomez is also a centre-back possibility, with Jarell Quansah anticipated to replace either Virgil van Dijk or Ibrahima Konate, since Joel Matip is not included in the Europa League knockout stages roster.

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Curtis Jones, Ryan Gravenberch, Thiago Alcantara, and Stefan Bajectic may still be in the treatment room, but the return to fitness of Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo gives Klopp actual choices in the engine room. Endo might return to defensive midfield after the versatile Gomez started the last two games, with Mac Allister now playing a more forward role. Teenager James McConnell has likewise begun as the number six in the past six weeks.

Harvey Elliott, who has recently appeared frequently, may be dropped, with Bobby Clark vying for a third consecutive start. Szoboszlai, meanwhile, may benefit from a longer layoff after returning on Saturday with a cameo appearance after more than a month away. Trey Nyoni, a 16-year-old who made his debut last week, might be among the replacements.

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