Though Klopp will publicly stress that he is taking things one game at a time at this crucial stage of the season, managers are always planning ahead – as seen with the wholesale changes made in recent fixtures.
With a home match with Newcastle United to come on Saturday afternoon, and the Reds’ next league outing away to Swansea City sandwiched between two Europa League semi-final legs against Villarreal, Klopp will manage his squad again over the next fortnight.
Though Liverpool still have a slim chance of a top-four finish in the league, success in the Europa League is clearly the priority.
Reaching the Europa League final without Origi will be a tougher task, with the 21-year-old central to the Reds’ progress from a quarter-final tie with Borussia Dortmund.
But Klopp is blessed with a number of in-form attacking options, and here’s how he can enjoy success in the next four games without Origi.
Liverpool vs. Newcastle, 23 April
Klopp withdrew Roberto Firmino midway through the second half on Wednesday, leaving the Brazilian refreshed to operate in support of Sturridge against the Magpies.
Liverpool’s Attack vs. Newcastle: Ojo, Firmino, Ibe; Sturridge
Villarreal vs. Liverpool, 28 April
The semi-final first leg at Villarreal’s Estadio El Madrigal will prove an intimidating atmosphere for Liverpool, and with Marcelino’s side a formidable prospect, Klopp may opt for more solidity with a three-man midfield.
Needing his most hardworking forward three for this away clash, the German would be wise to field Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho in support of Firmino up front – the combination used in away wins at Man City and Chelsea earlier in the season.
Liverpool’s Attack vs. Villarreal Lallana, Coutinho, Firmino
Swansea City vs. Liverpool, 1 May
As Klopp showed in making 10 changes for the trip to Bournemouth, he is willing to rotate his side to preserve his big-hitters for the more high-profile encounters.
Resting Coutinho, Lallana, Firmino and Sturridge for the home leg against Villarreal days later, Klopp could hand fit-again Christian Benteke a rare start, with Ojo and Ibe’s delivery from the flanks able to take advantage of his aerial ability.
Liverpool’s Attack vs. Swansea: Ojo, Ibe, Benteke
Liverpool vs. Villarreal, 5 May
Hopefully having secured a result away to Villarreal at the end of April, welcoming the La Liga challengers to Anfield for the second leg should see Klopp go all out and push for a Europa League final against one of Sevilla and Shakhtar Donetsk.
Sitting out of the trip to Swansea, Klopp would be able to call upon Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho and Sturridge to operate in a fluid, attack-heavy 4-2-3-1.
Without Origi, this is Klopp’s best attacking line, and overloading the Villarreal back line—while still maintaining a strong shape when out of possession—Liverpool should be confident heading into their home leg.
Liverpool’s Attack vs. Villarreal: Lallana, Firmino, Coutinho; Sturridge