Jurgen Klopp has sprung a surprise for Liverpool’s Europa League opener at LASK by handing 18-year-old midfielder Stefan Bajcetic his first appearance of the season at right-back.
Despite the German’s assertion in his pre-match press conference that this was not a tournament for giving players opportunities, he has made 11 changes from the weekend win at Wolves.
Ben Doak has become the club’s fourth-youngest player to play in a European game at the age of 17 years and 314 days, while newest signing Ryan Gravenberch has been given his first start.
Virgil van Dijk returns following his two-game suspension with Darwin Nunez and Luis Diaz starting in the front three.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Bajcetic, van Dijk, Konate, Tsimikas, Elliott, Gravenberch, Endo, Doak, Nunez, Diaz.
Subs: Alisson, Gomez, Szoboszlai, Mac Allister, Salah, Jones, Gakpo, Jota, Robertson, Matip, Jaros, Quansah.
LASK: Lawal, Ziereis, Andrade, Luckeneder, Flecker, Jovicic, Horvath, Renner, Ljubicic, Zulj, Havel.
Subs: Bello, Taloverov, Kone, Balic, Usor, Ljubic, Stojkovic, Mustapha, Ba, Goiginger, Siebenhandl, Darboe.