Liverpool’s inconsistent start to the season continued at the weekend as they failed to overcome Merseyside rivals Everton at Goodison Park.
That result means that the Reds have only won two out of their opening six matches of the season and but for a real upturn in fortunes, it appears highly unlikely that Jurgen Klopp’s men will be challenging for the Premier League crown come the end of the season.
Despite that, Liverpool take a break from their domestic commitments this week as they get their latest Champions League journey underway. Klopp has already named his squad to navigate the group stages of the competition.
Take a look at his selection and more of the standout Liverpool stories from Mirror Sport below:
Klopp makes ruthless Champions League decision
Liverpool get their latest foray into Europe’s premier competition underway in midweek as they travel to Napoli for their first group game. Ahead of the clash in Italy, the Merseysiders have named their squad for the group stages with Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita having been left our courtesy of their long-term injuries.
New signing Arthur Melo and Stefan Bajcetic have been handed places in the squad at the duo’s expense.
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Liverpool boss leaps to Trent defence
One player who has been named in Liverpool’s European squad this season is Trent Alexander-Arnold. The England star has endured an indifferent start to the season though and was substituted against Everton.
Klopp has explained exactly why he decided to withdraw him at Goodison Park.
Speaking after the Merseyside derby, he said: ““We have to manage his game time. Where can we change at the moment? We have players coming in and coming back.”
Liverpool fans launch legal battle
Whilst Liverpool will be aiming to be successful in the Champions League this season, they will be hoping that there is no repeat of the ugly scenes that marred last term’s final against Real Madrid in Paris – a game that the Reds ended up losing 1-0 courtesy of Vinicus Jr’s strike.
Supporters are set to launch a group legal claim worth up to £5million against UEFA over trouble with up to 1,200 fans having asked to join the action expected to be lodged in court within weeks.
Claimants include fans tear-gassed by police and those who suffered injuries, including stabbings, in attacks by local gangs before and after the match at the Stade de France in Paris in May.