Liverpool are likely to field a heavy-rotated side when they welcome Belgian club Genk to Anfield in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Reds have their biggest game of the season so far on Sunday when they face title rivals Manchester City in the Premier League.
Manager Jurgen Klopp insists the Reds aren’t thinking about that match just yet, but it’s certain to affect his team selection for the group stage clash.
“You can say the words Man City, you just cannot think about it,” Klopp said at his press conference.
“The story the boys wrote in the last three years was only possible because we were always focused on the next game.
“No-one thinks, and I don’t have to tell them, ‘City is on Sunday, tomorrow is Genk’.
“We have bigger ambitions in this competition than tomorrow night so we have to be 100 per cent spot on.
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“We have to make sure we get these three points and that only works if you are 100 per cent focused on that.
“I don’t doubt my players at all, I would feel a bit embarrassed if I had to tell them, ‘Don’t think about Man City already’.”
Joel Matip remains an injury concern for Liverpool, who won the reverse fixture 4-1 in Belgium two weeks ago.
Divock Origi could be handed a start against his former club, while Klopp could also give opportunities to the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Gomez.
Liverpool are currently second in Group E, one point behind Napoli and three points clear of third-place Salzburg.
How Liverpool could look against Genk
Opponents Genk will be without Danny Vukovic (achilles) and Jere Uronen (ankle) as they prepare to play at Anfield.
Manager Felice Mazzu has explained why he has taken a 25-man squad with him for the match.
He said: “I [brought] everybody because I think it’s a great moment for the club and all the players. My desire was that everybody was here,” said Mazzu at his pre-match press conference.
“We play against the best team in the world, I think, at the moment.
“It’s a moment to enjoy – but to enjoy giving [our all] on the pitch and to play the best football possible. We play a big game against a big team, perhaps one time in our life a game like this on this pitch. It’s important to play and give our [all].”
How Genk could look against Liverpool
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