MEET THE TEAM

LIVERPOOL FC

BECKER

13

ALISSON

Goalkeeper

POSITION

D.O.B

02/10/1992

NATIONALITY

24/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Brazilian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

12/0

Boasts five clean sheets in this season's competition, second only to Marc-André ter Stegen (six).

VAN DIJK

4

VIRGIL

Defender

POSITION

D.O.B

08/07/1991

NATIONALITY

23/2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Dutch

ALL-TIME

2018/19

11/2

The Reds' defensive leader averages eight ball recoveries and over four clearances per game.

MORENO

18

ALBERTO

Defender

POSITION

D.O.B

05/07/1992

NATIONALITY

14/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Spanish

ALL-TIME

2018/19

1/0

Over 140 appearances for Liverpool since leaving Sevilla a UEFA Europa League winner in 2014.

ALEXANDER-ARNOLD

66

TRENT

Defender

POSITION

D.O.B

07/10/1998

NATIONALITY

20/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

10/0

The foraging full-back leads the way for liverpool with four assiss in Europe this term.

MILNER

7

JAMES

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

04/11/1986

NATIONALITY

42/4

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

11/2

The tireless midfielder has contributed two assists and two goals — both against Paris from the penalty spot.

LALLANA

20

ADAM

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

10/05/1988

NATIONALITY

9/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

3/0

Injury has restricted him to just one start this season, but he contested 60 minutes of the 2018 final.

WOODBURN

58

BEN

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

15/10/1999

NATIONALITY

0/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Welsh

ALL-TIME

2018/19

0/0

The second youngest player to score for Wales after registering on his debut aged 17 in 2017.

SALAH

11

MOHAMED

Forward

POSITION

D.O.B

15/06/1992

NATIONALITY

39/17

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Egyptian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

11/4

The Liverpool linchpin has had a hand in six goals (four strikes, two assists), more than any team-mate.

ORIGI

27

DIVOCK

Forward

POSITION

D.O.B

18/04/1995

NATIONALITY

7/2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Belgian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

7/2

Possessing a knack for crucial goals, his double against Barcelona was his first in European competition.

MIGNOLET

22

SIMON

Goalkeeper

POSITION

D.O.B

06/03/1988

NATIONALITY

6/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Belgian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

0/0

The Belgian international has kept seven clean sheets in his 25 European games for Liverpool.

LOVREN

6

DEJAN

Defender

POSITION

D.O.B

05/07/1989

NATIONALITY

31/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Croatian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

3/0

Liverpool's most accurate passer (94%) among players to have contested at least one full match this season.

ROBERTSON

26

ANDY

Defender

POSITION

D.O.B

11/03/1994

NATIONALITY

17/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Scottish

ALL-TIME

2018/19

11/0

The Scotland captain served up two assists in Liverpool's first three matches on the road to Madrid.

FABINHO

3

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

23/10/1993

NATIONALITY

35/2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Brazilian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

10/0

The former Monaco mainstay has weighed in with a club-best 26 tackles in the heart of midfield.

KEÏTA

8

NABY

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

10/02/1995

NATIONALITY

11/3

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Guinean

ALL-TIME

2018/19

6/1

Sidelined with a thigh injury after scoring his first ever knockout stage goal against Porto.

OXLADE-CHAMBERLAIN

21

ALEX

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

15/08/1993

NATIONALITY

36/6

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

0/0

Absent all season due to a knee ligament injury until his Premier League return in April.

FIRMINO

9

ROBERTO

Forward

POSITION

D.O.B

02/10/1991

NATIONALITY

24/14

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Brazilian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

11/4

The only Liverpool player to score with his right foot, left foot and head in Europe this season.

STURRIDGE

15

DANIEL

Forward

POSITION

D.O.B

01/09/1989

NATIONALITY

28/4

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

7/1

Scored the first goal of Liverpool's campaign in the September win against Paris Saint-Germain.

KELLEHER

62

CAOIMHIN

Goalkeeper

POSITION

D.O.B

23/11/1998

NATIONALITY

0/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Irish

ALL-TIME

2018/19

0/0

Started out as a prolific forward in his native Cork before donning the gloves aged 14.

GOMEZ

12

JOE

Defender

POSITION

D.O.B

23/05/1997

NATIONALITY

13/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

8/0

Has featured at right-back and centre-back this term and signed a new long-term deal in December.

MATIP

32

JOËL

Defender

POSITION

D.O.B

08/08/1991

NATIONALITY

39/2

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Cameroonian

ALL-TIME

2018/19

7/0

Has played more minutes in this season's competition (630) than in any of his five previous campaigns.

WIJNALDUM

5

GEORGINIO

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

11/11/1990

NATIONALITY

23/3

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Dutch

ALL-TIME

2018/19

11/2

The versatile midfielder's quickfire double against Barcelona was his first two-goal haul for liverpool.

HENDERSON

14

JORDAN

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

17/06/1990

NATIONALITY

25/1

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

10/0

The dynamic Reds captain has recovered 57 balls and provided a career-high two assists.

SHAQIRI

23

XHERDAN

Midfielder

POSITION

D.O.B

10/10/1991

NATIONALITY

30/3

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Swiss

ALL-TIME

2018/19

4/0

Made his first start since January at home against Barcelona and crossed for Wijnaldum's second goal.

MANÉ

10

SADIO

Forward

POSITION

D.O.B

10/04/1992

NATIONALITY

23/14

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

Senegalese

ALL-TIME

2018/19

12/4

Has covered more distance this season (125.6km) than any player except Ajax's Dušan Tadić and Donny van de Beek.

BREWSTER

24

RHIAN

Forward

POSITION

D.O.B

01/04/2000

NATIONALITY

0/0

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE APPS/ GOALS

English

ALL-TIME

2018/19

0/0

Top scorer at the 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup, his eight strikes helping England lift the trophy.

WINNING FORMULA

The power of the press and greater defensive solidity have raised the Reds' game

When Jürgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund team reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2013, it was the culmination of five years’ drilling, his team rarely straying from a 4-2-3-1 formation. Klopp studied the Premier League and realised he had to find a different way to push Liverpool forward. Since arriving at

Anfield in 2015, he has typically deployed a 4-3-3, with Liverpool’s narrow forwards piling pressure on opposition defences, allowing the full-backs to spill forward and create width.

Between them in this season’s Premier League, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson have assisted 23 goals. Alexander-Arnold’s haul of 12 is the most for a defender in the competition’s history, and it was the 20-year-old who supplied Divock Origi’s tie-winning strike in the UEFA Champions League semi-finals via his quick-thinking corner.

With as many as six Liverpool players filling the attacking third at any one time, Klopp has recognised the need for industrious midfield players who can contribute creatively and also have the energy to plug the gaps left by the full-backs. Fabinho, who has emerged as the central figure in midfield since the turn of the year, is asked by Klopp not to slip into defence as other players performing his role might. Instead, he is often the highest-pressing midfielder, helping Liverpool to overwhelm their rivals. Fabinho’s presence, meanwhile, has allowed Jordan Henderson to take on a more creative role to his right.

Since Virgil van Dijk’s arrival in January 2018, Liverpool are less susceptible to counters thanks to the Dutchman’s pace and awareness, which allows him to cover large areas of the pitch. Meanwhile, Alisson Becker has proved a calming presence in goal. More than just a gifted shot-stopper, he offers uncommon technique on the ball and accurate distribution, all of which have spread a new confidence throughout the defence.

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