Liverpool travel to Rangers tonight where they face a potentially tricky test against the Scottish champions at Ibrox.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are struggling for form right now, well off the pace in the Premier League and second in Champions League Group A, with Ajax and Rangers giving chase. Rangers are at the foot of the table but can finally get their campaign up and running with what would be a huge victory over the Reds.
With his side having to win in order to remain in the competition, Van Bronckhorst admitted that a “different approach” will be needed on Wednesday compared to the trip to Anfield last week, suggesting that he is likely to revert to a back four.
Antonio Colak bagged a brace during Saturday’s win against St Mirren and should start ahead of Alfredo Morelos in attack, with the Colombian struggling for sharpness after a long layoff due to injury.
Glen Kamara could start in midfield in order to provide more composure in that area of the pitch, while James Sands could edge out former Liverpool man Ben Davies in central defence having served his one-game suspension last week.
Liverpool, meanwhile, will travel to Glasgow without Luis Diaz after the winger suffered a knee injury following a collision with Arsenal’s Thomas Partey late in the first half at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.
The Colombia international was pictured leaving North London on crutches with a knee brace, with Klopp admitting that “it doesn’t look good” in a huge blow for his side.
Having utilised four attackers against Rangers last week, the German stuck with an attacking formation against Arsenal, and may do so once again in midweek despite suffering defeat. As such, Firmino is likely to replace the injured Diaz, with Diogo Jota shifting to the left flank.
Ibrahima Konate made his first appearance of the season during the second half after returning from a knee injury and could partner Virgil van Dijk in defence, while Joe Gomez is set to start at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold doubtful due to an ankle issue, which led to him being subbed at half time against Arsenal.
Klopp may look to freshen things up in midfield, with Fabinho provided with an opportunity to regain some form in place of club captain Jordan Henderson, who could be taken out of the firing line following a bust-up with Gabriel on Sunday, which is being investigated by the Football Association.
Rangers possible starting lineup:
McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Sands, Barisic; Lundstram, Davis, Kamara; Sakala, Colak, Kent
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Fabinho, Thiago; Salah, Firmino, Jota; Nunez
We say: Rangers 1-3 Liverpool