18th may is the day that every Liverpool fan is waiting for. European final after 9 long years has brought immense joy to the supporters and though only 10,000 seats are allotted to the reds in the final at Basel, over 100,000 supporters are expected to travel. Champions League football is one match away and along with financial gains, a lot can be achieved by playing in Europe’s elite competition.
The other finalists, Sevilla are the reigning Europa League Champions and have won it for two years straight. They will look to complete a hattrick of European trophies to their name and Jurgen Klopp must prepare for the big game next week. Players will be rested in the league in the remaining games to keep them fresh for the grand finale.
Jordan Henderson and Divock Origi are expected to be fit for the clash against Sevilla and it would be a perfect omen to have all players fit against the reigning Champions. Krohn- Dehli and Reyes are the absentees for the Spanish side. Let’s take a look at the three things that Liverpool must do to beat Sevilla :
1. Keep Kevin Gameiro in check:
The Frenchman has been Sevilla’s main man this campaign and has been in fine touch scoring 24 goals. He has scored 7 goals in the Europa League and against the Red’s defense, he will look to dominate the Toure-Lovren pair.
2. Play Daniel Sturridge upfront:
Even if Origi gets fit in time for the final, the talented Sturridge should get a start after being in fine touch since returning from injury and scoring some important goals against Man Utd and Villarreal. Sturridge offers a continuous threat upfront and can score from out of nowhere. If Sevilla has to beaten, Sturridge has to be on song on the 18th.
3. Play two central midfielders instead of three:
Jordan Henderson has to be sacrificed even if he is fit, because if all the three between Henderson, Can and Milner play, that can hinder the attacking threat for the reds. The trio of the two Brazilians, Coutinho and Firmino along with Adam Lallana have played brilliantly and there is no reason to disrupt something which is going great.