Liverpool team news: Milner makes first Champions League start, Oxlade-Chamberlain on bench

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Jurgen Klopp has opted for three changes to his XI for the clash at the Stadion Ljudski vrt with the Reds looking for their first win in Group E

James Milner starts his first Champions League game of the season and will captain the side with Jordan Henderson rotated out at NK Maribor.

It represents the 31-year-old’s third run-out of the season from the off, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is again held in reserve.

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The alteration in the centre of the park is one of three that Jurgen Klopp has made following the goalless draw against Manchester United over the weekend.

Trent Alexander-Arnold comes in at right-back for Joe Gomez, while as has been in the case in the tournament so far - Loris Karius replaces Simon Mignolet in-between the sticks.

Jurgen Klopp explained his resistance to refreshing the line-up further on Monday, saying: “It’s a very, very important game so, again, it’s always a decision about rhythm and being used to each other or bringing in fresh legs. We have a lot of games but I don’t think the intensity of the last game should be a reason for the line-up for this game.”

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Liverpool starting XI: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Can, Milner, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Firmino

Liverpool subs: Mignolet, Klavan, Gomez, Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke

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