Who: Liverpool vs Midtjylland
When: Tuesday, October 27th @ 4:00pm ET
Line: Liverpool -910 | Draw +800| Midtjylland +2500
First, let’s get this out of the way. It’s pronounced “midge-you-land.” Kind of like Michelin but with midget.
They’re a Danish club that was formed just in 1999. Midtjylland have been fairly dominant in the Danish Superliga the past five years. This is their first time making it to the Champions League group stages.
Liverpool are the most decorated club in English football.
Liverpool vs Midtjylland Champions League preview
Liverpool are one of the 2-3 best teams on the planet. However, they’re missing one key piece in Virgil van Dijk.
Midtjylland (known as The Wolves) are ranked 132nd in 538’s (very flawed) global rankings. That puts them as the second lowest club in the group stages. But…on par with a mid-table Championship side. They’re not a joke.
Ultimately this would come down to personnel. Liverpool are in the midst of an unprecedented busy fixture schedule. So if this was the FA Cup and Liverpool were playing Luton Town (and Klopp wanted to win), what kind of a line-up would they roll out?
Expect one of the front three to rest. Klopp may want to give Roberto Firmino some run to build on the confidence of scoring this past weekend. Depending on how the game is flowing, Takumi Minamino would be a likely half-time sub for him. Mo Salah seems like the most likely due for a breather, so expect Diogo Jota to get the call for him. Sadio Mane gets the other nod.
Anchoring the back will be Alisson with Fabinho and Joe Gomez. Don’t be surprised if either Trent Alexander-Arnold or Andy Robertson (though not both) get a breather. Neco Williams or James Milner would get the call up if so.
The midfield is a guessing game. A Curtis Jones – Jordan Henderson – maybe Xherdan Shaqiri mash unit would be interesting and make some sense (especial if Salah sits).
That XI has more than enough talent to get the job done. The Wolves strength is centrally at holding mid and center back. But with most of Liverpool’s offense coming from the flanks, it negates some of where the Wolves could at least slow the game down.
If this was a packed Anfield, the match could get ugly. But it’s not. Expect a pedestrian 3-0 Liverpool win.