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Jurgen Klopp faces Diogo Jota conundrum as Liverpool farewell beckons – Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool remain in control of their Champions League qualification destiny after a hard-earned win at Burnley on Wednesday.

Roberto Firmino, Nat Phillips and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all scored as the Reds ultimately eased to a 3-0 triumph at Turf Moor.

The outgoing champions now have a quick turnaround as they prepare for the final game of the season at home to Crystal Palace on Sunday.

And here we look ahead to the changes Jurgen Klopp could make when his team are next in action.

Defence solid

Same again has been the watchword in defence over the last few weeks.

And, injuries permitting, there seems little indication of a need for change.

Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips have been the centre-backs in the last four games, with injuries meaning 18-year-old Billy Koumetio has been on the bench for three of the last four matches.

But with Koumetio expected to be in FA Youth Cup final action on Monday at Aston Villa, his involvement in the matchday squad is not a given.

Trent Alexander and Andy Robertson will no doubt be asked to go one final time, although Kostas Tsimikas at least got an injury-time run-out at Turf Moor for only his second Premier League outing.

Adrian was again on the bench in midweek ahead of Caoimhin Kelleher as understudy to goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

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Wijnaldum’s farewell?

Gini Wijnaldum came in for a start at Burnley and, with his contract up in the summer, is on course to feature for Liverpool for the last time against Palace.

But the Dutchman’s place is perhaps the one in midfield that could come under threat if Klopp rotates, with Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho firmly ensconced in the engine room.

Fit-again James Milner played the final moments in place of Wijnaldum on Wednesday while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench and scored.

Curtis Jones, who started at West Bromwich Albion last Sunday, is another option.

Jota poser

There was a surprise selection boost on Tuesday with Klopp revealing there is an outside chance Diogo Jota could be fit for Palace.

It would be a big ask, though, for the Portuguese to come into the starting line-up.

Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have all scored in the last three games, and will be expected to retain their starting berths in what is likely to be a must-win game in terms of Champions League qualificaiton.

Xherdan Shaqiri, who came on at West Brom, and Divock Origi are also likely to be available.

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