Liverpool XI vs Villarreal: Starting lineup, confirmed team news and injury latest for Champions League game

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Roberto Firmino remains sidelined as Liverpool face Villarreal in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final tie tonight.

Firmino has missed the last four games - including last week’s initial clash - with a foot strain. The Brazilian has travelled after resuming running but won’t play at the Estadio de la Ceramica, where Liverpool head holding a commanding two-goal lead courtesy of a dominant first-leg win at Anfield last week.

“Bobby is now running, so it’s good,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference on Monday. “A little strain here in the middle foot bone, so it’s very painful each step.

“But he was running today again, will travel with us but will not be involved in the squad yet. But we hope sooner rather than later.”

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Divock Origi returns to the Liverpool squad in eastern Spain after sitting out Saturday’s 1-0 Premier League victory against Newcastle due to non-Covid illness.

Jurgen Klopp made five changes to his starting lineup for a lunchtime kick-off at St James’ Park, with Mohamed Salah, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ibrahima Konate all rested.

All five return to the first XI at Villarreal, with Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, James Milner, match-winner Naby Keita and Luis Diaz quickly swapping back out. Diogo Jota keeps his place.

Klopp has no lingering effects from a stomach bug that has been in camp of late. He added: “We had the issues with a stomach bug – they are all back. I think that’s it. No concerns.”

Starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Keita, Thiago; Salah, Mane, Jota

Subs: Kelleher, Milner, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones, Minamino, Tsimikas, Diaz, Origi, Matip, Elliott

Tuesday 8pm BST, BT Sport

Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica, Villarreal

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