A little less than 24-hours after Liverpool's youngsters fought so valiantly at Villa Park, Jurgen Klopp's first team will take to the pitch in Doha hoping for a very different result.

A strong Reds squad travelled to the Middle East, and the Echo's LFC writers have picked their preferred starting XI for this evening's game.

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Alisson Becker in goal behind a back five of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson. My midfield three are Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Naby Keita.

I’m tempted to rest Roberto Firmino however, so he can come out for Divock Origi .

Surely that XI can get the job done against the Mexican side?

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Keita; Salah, Origi, Mane.

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For a start, Liverpool need to beat Monterrey of Mexico. Defeat and it will render this week, and the defeat in the Carabao Cup, as absolutely pointless.

That's why I think the Reds will be a bit stronger than many anticipate on Wednesday night, although still with some rotation.

Alisson Becker celebrates during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Watford at Anfield

It means Alisson Becker has to start. There's no choice over the central defenders, but I'd be tempted to leave Andy Robertson benched and put James Milner in at left-back.

Jordan Henderson has to play in midfield, but who to join him is the bigger question.

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Naby Keita is in, a chance to continue his form. And I'm going with Adam Lallana , on the basis I think Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain can do a job in what Liverpool will hope is the final.

Up top, Roberto Firmino desperately needs a rest, so Divock Origi can lead that line with the usual faces either side.

My team (4-3-3): Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Milner; Henderson, Lallana, Keita; Salah, Origi, Mane.

Keita and Origi come in

Connor Dunn: Liverpool have gone over to Qatar with a full-strength squad to try and claim the Club World Cup for the first time in the club's history.

The fact Jurgen Klopp decided, and rightly so, to take on the competition with the Reds full might means a very strong team is available for selection to face Monterrey.

Andy Robertson crosses the ball
Andy Robertson crosses the ball

In goal is Alisson and the defence is the same line-up that started against Watford with Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk in the heart of defence, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson on the flanks.

In midfield for me, Naby Keita starts to provide the creative threat and is backed up by James Milner and Jordan Henderson as a solid base in the centre of the park with Gini Wijnaldum recovering from a niggling muscle injury.

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Leading the line, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are on the right and left respectively while Divock Origi comes in down the middle to give Roberto Firmino a rest.

Starting XI (4-3-3): Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Henderson, Keita, Salah, Origi, Mane

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First up are Monterrey and Jurgen Klopp will show intent by going as strong as possible with his starting line-up in Doha.

Alisson will be looking to continue his excellent run of form as will his defensive counterparts. Virgil van Dijk is fit to play and play he will. Joe Gomez comes in alongside the Dutch stalwart. With Andy Robertson on the left and Trent Alexander-Arnold on the right.

The midfield conundrum is ongoing and with no Gini Wijnaldum to select, eyes of the world will turn to Jordan Henderson . The captain will lead Naby Keita and James Milner into battle, with the trio backed to keep their cool in Qatar.

Naby Keita of Liverpool celebrates with Jordan Henderson and teammates
Naby Keita of Liverpool celebrates with Jordan Henderson and teammates

Despite his poor showing against Watford, Roberto Firmino will dazzle. His experience of Latin American football could prove vital. As Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah occupy the attacking line with their Brazilian colleague.

My team: (4-3-3) Alisson; Robertson, Van Dijk, Gomez, Alexander-Arnold; Milner, Henderson, Keita; Mane, Firmino, Salah

It’s all-change in midfield

Theo Squires: Liverpool’s squad has proven its quality in all corners in recent weeks so I’d make a few changes for this one and hand some of Jurgen Klopp’s squad players some deserved game-time.

The Reds should have enough to set up a FIFA Club World Cup final meeting with Flamengo no matter what and if the German isn’t afraid of springing a surprise or two in a Merseyside derby, he’s not going to be afraid of doing the same against Monterrey.

Adrian can come in to start in goal behind the first-choice defence with Andy Robertson returning at left-back.

It’s all-change in midfield with Adam Lallana sitting deep to give Jordan Henderson a rest, sandwiched between Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.

And from the traditional front three, only the in-form Mohamed Salah keeps his place. Roberto Firmino desperately needs a night off so the Egyptian can lead the line flanked by Xherdan Shaqiri and Divock Origi.  

My team (4-3-3): Adrian; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Keita; Shaqiri, Salah, Origi.