A second defeat for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool at the weekend put the buffers on talk of a Liverpool title offensive for now.
But we still see this as a matter 5 steps forward and half a step back under the new regime.
And let’s not forget that Dortmund wasn’t built in a day. Klopp was with the club for 7 years and the fruits of his labour weren’t really enjoyed until he had time to instil his style fully.
But the German side are a club wth very similar means to Liverpool and we have complete confidence that The Reds will be playing Champions League football next season.
Because, while Chelsea flounder and Manchester United remain in a strange trance-like state, Klopp has taken the fear out of this Liverpool squad which is playing with more freedom than at any time since Luis left.
For now Liverpool should enjoy a really good Europa League run this season. We have no idea why Premier League teams would marginalise this tournament, especially as the winners now get qualification to The Champions League.
But Liverpool are home and hosed in terms of qualification for the last 32 so Klopp may wrap a few in cotton wool.
Nevertheless, a win will guarantee top spot and this means that Liverpool would avoid the four top ranked teams that get eliminated from The Champions League this week.
COUTINHO, SAKHO, INGS, FLANAGAN, GOMEZ – None expected to feature against Sion.
Here’s our competitive Liverpool XI, with a strong bench and the likes of Firmino, Milner, Sturridge and Benteke rested for the weekend visit of West Brom.