Two steps forward and one step back. While Liverpool have without a doubt improved significantly since bringing on new manager Jurgen Klopp, the demoralizing loss to Newcastle at the weekend will bring to mind unhappy memories from months and years past. The Reds will need to put that unfortunate setback behind them in order to win their Europa League group.
Currently, they're on top of Group B with nine points, but FC Sion only sit one point behind them. Liverpool have already clinched a place in the knockout stages regardless of the result on Thursday, but they'll want to ensure that they come out on top. Sion, on the other hand, need at least a point from this fixture. Without that, they risk being overtaken by third place Rubin Kazan, should they lose to Liverpool and should Rubin Kazan beat Bordeaux.
Despite this, Liverpool fans will be hoping that with the team already through to the next round, Klopp will take the opportunity to rest some key players. In particular, Liverpool's two tired fullbacks could use a break. We're likely to see Connor Randall in the starting line up, as well as Jordan Rossiter, if he's fit to play.
Randall/ Toure/ Lovren/ Clyne
Can/ Rossiter/ Henderson
It's anyone's guess what the line up will look like, but with advancement secure, it could be that Bogdan will be given a chance to start his first Europa League match. Meanwhile, it seems certain that after Clyne was rested mid-week last week, it will be Moreno rested here, as the Spanish fullback has stayed behind at Melwood. Lucas Leiva has also been left behind to rest, which means Thursday's match would be a good time for Jordan Rossiter to get another chance to play if he's fully fit. Meanwhile, illness is expected to keep fellow youngster Jordon Ibe from taking part.
Kickoff is in the early Europa League slot for this one, at 6:00PM BST/1:00PM EST, with radio coverage from LFCTV GO online for subscribers across the globe, BT Sport Europe and BT Sport Live Streaming in the UK, and Fox Sports 1 in the US. Elsewhere, it will also be showing on BeIN Sports Australia in Australia, BeIN Sports Canada in Canada, TEN Action in India, Supersport 3 Africa in Kenya, and Astro SuperSport Asia and Eurosport Asia in both Malaysia and Singapore. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV.
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