Jurgen Klopp prepared to unleash forgotten weapon in Liverpool attack

Jurgen Klopp has a number of selection dilemmas for Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Atalanta. A win for the Reds at Anfield, would see them secure their progression to the last-16 with two games to spare.

The win would also mean Klopp could rest a number of his key first-teamers in the final two group games.

Klopp has been particularly outspoken about the hectic fixture schedule, with several players suffering injuries.

Liverpool beat Leicester City in the league on Sunday, but could look to make some changes for the meeting with Italians.

And ahead of the Group D fixture, Klopp has hinted that Takumi Minamino could be in line for a start in the near future.

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Minamino, who signed for the champions back in January has played just 56 minutes in the Premier League, with most of his opportunities coming in the EFL Cup

The red-hot form of Diogo Jota has pushed the former RB Salzburg even further down the pecking order.

But after a couple of “exceptional” showings at their new AXA training facility, Klopp has said his time will come.

“There is no dip in form. Taki is training well, yesterday he was exceptional for example,” Klopp said.

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“It’s just a strong team, and offensively – thank God – we didn’t have the same problems as the other positions. It’s hard to get in this team, that’s how it is.

“But no dip in form, just a challenge. But Taki is a sensational boy and a great player, so he will face that challenge. His time will come, no doubt.”

Sadio Mane looked tired in the win over the Foxes and could come out of the side, while Mohamed Salah is available again following his positive coronavirus test.

Roberto Firmino missed Liverpool’s open training session but amid questions over his place in Klopp’s line-up, the German has heaped praise on the forward, detailing the importance to his team.

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“Scoring was always important for Bobby,” Klopp said. “But Bobby is a complete footballer.

“A football team is like an orchestra, you have different people for different instruments. And some of them are louder than others, but they are all important for the rhythm. 

“Bobby plays like 12 instruments in our orchestra! He’s very important for our rhythm.”

“We can play well without him as well, but I certainly want him on the pitch and if you look at the numbers, I like it a lot having him on the pitch. Really awesome.”

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