Liverpool predicted XI vs FC Midtjylland as trio miss out for Champions League clash

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Joel Matip, Naby Keita and Thiago Alcantara will not be fit in time for Liverpool's Champions League clash with FC Midtjylland.

Defender Matip has been out since sustaining a knock in the Merseyside derby on October 17 while Thiago (knee) was injured towards the end of the game at Goodison Park and fellow midfielder Keita – back in training after testing negative for coronavirus – has not played since coming off at half-time in the 7-2 hammering by Aston Villa just before the international break.

With Matip out, as well as long-term absentee Virgin Van Dijk (knee), midfielder Fabinho will continue to deputise in central defence.

Meanwhile, Kop boss Jurgen Klopp does not see debutants Midtjylland as a "small club" in this season's Champions League.

Jurgen Klopp will be without Thiago Alcantara
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Tuesday's clash at Anfield will be the first time Liverpool and Midtjylland have ever met in a competitive fixture.

The game sees six-time winners of the competition Liverpool host a club who were only founded in 1999 and are making their first appearance in the Champions League.

It has been billed as 'David against Goliath' by some of the media in Denmark, but Klopp does not see it that way.

"We don't see Midtjylland as a small club, we see Midtjylland as a proper challenger in this group," he said.

"No one is part of the Champions League because they are nice cities, they are in the Champions League because they earned the right the year before.

"There are no small teams in the Champions League, there are only teams who show how big they are on the pitch, not in the press conferences before games.

"The 4-0 against Atalanta was not a 4-0 – it was because the score was 4-0 but Midtjylland were in the game. Tomorrow it will be a real challenge and we have to be ready for it, and we will try to be."

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Phillips, Robertson; Milner, Henderson, Jones; Shaqiri, Minamino, Origi

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