Liverpool confirms debut will be made vs LASK in the Europa League

UEFA Europa League 2023/24: LASK vs Liverpool

Liverpool FC have officially announced that they will debut their third kit for the 2023-24 season during their upcoming Europa League match against Austrian side LASK at the Raiffeisen Arena, scheduled for 17:45 BST.

Jurgen Klopp’s team is set to sport this new strip for the game.

Klopp is likely to rotate his squad for this fixture, with players like Caoimhin Kelleher, Kostas Tsimikas, and Harvey Elliott in contention to start the match.

Ryan Gravenberch, who recently arrived from Bayern Munich and made his debut in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers, could also be handed his first full start.

How Liverpool could line up against LASK Linz

The return of captain Virgil van Dijk is eagerly anticipated, as he completes his domestic suspension and fine for improper conduct.

However, Thiago Alcantara is expected to be unavailable due to a hip problem, and Trent Alexander-Arnold‘s hamstring injury is a cause for concern.

Considering a Premier League clash with West Ham United looming on the weekend, Klopp may opt to rest Alexander-Arnold and give Joe Gomez a chance at right-back.

Jarell Quansah, who had a strong full debut but was hampered by cramps, might partner with Van Dijk in defense, especially with Ibrahima Konate just returning from injury.

In other changes, Kostas Tsimikas could start at left-back, and Caoimhin Kelleher might take the goalkeeper position while Alisson Becker sits on the bench.

The midfield is expected to see significant changes, with Ryan Gravenberch likely to start alongside Harvey Elliott and Wataru Endo, who is expected to play the number six role instead of Stefan Bajcetic due to the latter’s lack of playing time this season.

Luis Diaz and Darwin Nunez, who recently returned from South America, were on the bench in the previous game, and only Diaz is likely to return to the starting lineup due to Nunez’s muscular problem.

Diogo Jota is a candidate to lead the attack and 17-year-old talent Ben Doak could replace Mohamed Salah if Klopp decides to give the Egyptian a rest.

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