Liverpool vs Sevilla by Moriarty
Coutinho has been named in the match day squad and will play some part. I wouldn't be surprised if that's from the bench given his lack of match fitness, and Klopp knows he's a good ace to have up his sleeve to throw on fresh on the odd chance things aren't going well. Salah was in doubt due to 'a sore throat', but he's tipped to overcome it and start.
The uncertainty around Coutinho and Salah are my only slight reservations regarding Pool, but they are only slight. I have a much bigger feeling of uncertainty about Sevilla, who haven't been playing too badly in La Liga results wise without being markedly impressive. Their squad isn't as strong as it has been in recent years though, and I can't get that 2-0 loss away at Leicester in the round of 16 last year out of my mind. They have not historically played well in England, also losing 2-1 to City in the visit before that, so it's fair to say heading to a packed and fiery Anfield may not be much easier.
While there are reasons for the 5-0 loss to City, most notably the red card and Liverpool's inability to focus on defence, I think it's more a case of one bad day than one big problem. They only recently put 4 unanswered goals past Arsenal at home, and 4 more past Hoffenheim in their last European effort. I think the Reds will be intent on making a fast start, and there's not many better in Europe at doing that. I certainly wouldn't discount a Sevilla goal, but I don't really think they're a terrific chasing team, and if they fall behind by a goal or two which I think is reasonably likely, they won't find a way back.
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