Liverpool take on Salzburg in a crucial Champions League fixture on Tuesday evening, hoping to secure their place in the knockout stages.

The Reds are defending their title as Champions of Europe, but still need a result on Matchday Six to progress in the competition.

Failure to beat Napoli at Anfield last time out means that Liverpool missed out on the chance of clinching top spot in Group E with a game to spare.

A loss for Jurgen Klopp’s men could still see the defending champions progress, only if Napoli were also beaten by Genk.

If Liverpool are to defeat Salzburg, top spot would be secured, however a draw could see the Reds finish second and face a difficult tie in the next round.

To the delight of Klopp, centre defender Dejan Lovren has been passed fit for the tie following his early substitution on Saturday afternoon.

The Liverpool defender was withdrawn early in their 3-0 win over Bournemouth, however he has been included in the 19-man squad bound for Salzburg, as revealed by the club’s official website.

With Joel Matip still recovering from injury, the inclusion of Lovren eases their defensive worries ahead of a crucial fixture.

Georginio Wijnaldum missed Saturday’s victory after picking up a knock in the derby win, with the Liverpool midfielder a key member of the squad this season.

There’s no place for Adam Lallana though, as he isn’t considered match fit just yet after sitting out the weekend trip to Bournemouth.

Given the hectic schedule that the Reds are facing, Klopp has turned to rotating his line-ups to try and avoid his players burning out over the festive period.

Liverpool should be set to ring the changes once more for the clash with Salzburg, as top scorer Sadio Mane should return to action after sitting out their last fixture.

Naby Keita and Alex Oxlaide-Chamberlain will be hoping to retain their places in the starting 11, however it is likely that one of the two will be demoted to the bench.


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