Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino have major opportunity at Liverpool as the exciting youngster steps up


It has been a good week for Liverpool Football Club.
A win over Ajax secured Group D Champions League qualification before Wolves were swept away at Anfield in front of 2,000 returning supporters.

And to top it off, players are starting to come back from injury.

That’s right, whisper it softly, touch wood and cross your fingers, but Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita came against Wolves to offer Liverpool some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of the injury list of the Reds.

Even better for Liverpool is that they are in the privileged position of not risking anyone for the trip to FC Midtjylland after securing first place with the win against Ajax.

So what should Jurgen Klopp do with his team? We are looking at his options.

Injury dilemma

It may not be necessary to risk Trent Alexander-Arnold and Naby Keita against the Danes, but there is an argument for the two to start the game.

After all, minutes will be needed and Liverpool have the option of five substitutes, so their playing time could be carefully managed.

Otherwise, they can keep breathing and wait for Fulham to come back to the squad.

Klopp might be wise to choose one of the two, allowing Neco Williams to stay right-back and continue to gain confidence while deploying Keita in midfield to update him.

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This is the time of year when speculation rages on the future of players.

And it’s fair to say that Divock Origi is one of those players, having endured a frustrating 2020 at Liverpool.

FC Midjylland could provide Origi one last chance to show why he can be useful during Liverpool’s hectic Christmas schedule and why the Reds are not expected to write it down yet.

Things aren’t so drastic for Takumi Minamino, but the Japan international won’t want to waste any more time in his efforts to make an impact at Anfield.

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Minamino arrives at Anfield at one year old and hasn’t really taken off yet. This season has been particularly frustrating after a brilliant start in which he scored his first goal for the Reds against Arsenal in the Community Shield.

Both players will expect to start on Wednesday.

Kostas Tsimikas will almost certainly play if he’s fit and wants to put on a better performance after being substituted in the loss to Atalanta.

Opportunity strikes for young people

The rest of the Liverpool squad will likely be made up of young players who have the opportunity to shine.

With Nat Phillips ineligible, Rhys Williams will start at center-back and Billy Koumetio could hope to get the nod to his side.

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‘Billy the Kid’ is highly regarded by Klopp and has been singled out as one of the stars of the summer, but it remains to be seen if the Reds boss decides to go with such an experienced bottom line.

Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson have both been on the Liverpool bench in recent weeks and are hoping to enter midfield.

Layton Stewart is hoping to be in the conversation for a spot in Liverpool’s top three.


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