Liverpool will face Leicester City in the Premier League tonight and we're are looking at how they can line up.
This is what it feels like to wake up to a day when Liverpool are playing in the Premier League. After two weeks without club football, we can all look forward to today's duel against Leicester City.
While there will be understandable joy that there is no more international football until March, the past fortnight has seen more Liverpool players get injured, either for the long-term or, hopefully at least, short-term.
There will be no Joe Gomez for the foreseeable future, and Jordan Henderson joined Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk going on the treatment table. And to cap things off, Mohamed Salah being diagnosed with Covid-19 means it’s unclear whether we will see him back in action over the next week.
Some good news surfaced though, with Fabinho, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Thiago Alcântara being pictured at the new AXA Training Centre in Kirkby. Could any of them feature this weekend? We’ll have to wait and see.
With team selection very much up in the air at the moment, Sports Central have taken a look at the possible options that Jürgen Klopp could go with.
As overjoyed as it was to see Thiago, Fabinho and Oxlade-Chamberlain in training in the week, it's very much doubt that any of them will start against Leicester. On the bench? There’s every chance, but it’s unlikely Klopp will risk them with an intense fixture schedule looming.
There are question marks all over the pitch, so let’s start in defence. Thankfully, Alisson Becker is available and automatically goes into the team, but it’s the back four where it gets interesting. With no Alexander-Arnold, we believe James Milner will be at right-back, who is capable of doing the defensive job, but the lack of attacking threat is a worry, we must admit.
Then at centre-back, it’s time for Joël Matip to start a rare consecutive league game and partner Nat Phillips. Again, the lack of pace to deal with Jamie Vardy is a concern, but hopefully the midfield can help play their part in that regard. That leaves Andy Robertson to take his left-back position, provided he’s recovered from an apparent hamstring problem while with the Scotland national team.
Into midfield, and Gini Wijnaldum is a nailed on starter when fit these days, and we’ve gone for Curtis Jones and Naby Keïta to go alongside the Dutchman. Leicester are likely to defend deep and play for the counter attack, so having energy in the middle of the park, as well as creativity to break down a tough defence, is going to be vital.
And up front we go, and without Salah to call on it’s almost certain that Diogo Jota gets another league start. That then leaves the question of whether you keep Roberto Firmino in the team, with Sadio Mané one of the first names on the team sheet. It’s true the Brazilian hasn’t been at his best, but given his ability to unlock defences, as well as being defensively disciplined, he’s got to start..