Jurgen Klopp is expecting to field a strong starting lineup for Liverpool’s FA Cup fourth-round clash with Wolves, but may be without two key names.
The Reds will look to continue their progress in the FA Cup as they take on Paul Lambert’s Wolves at Anfield in their Saturday lunchtime kickoff, attempting to put bad form behind them.
Having suffered defeat at the hands of Southampton in the League Cup semi-finals on Wednesday night, Liverpool need a strong reaction at the weekend.
Speaking at Melwood on Friday afternoon, Klopp suggested he would turn to his senior players as a result—though he confirmed both Adam Lallana (leg) and Nathaniel Clyne (rib) were doubts.
“We had a few knocks after the game, and we’ll have to wait a little bit,” he told reporters.
“But we’ll have enough for a very good team, we won’t make 10 changes, but a few.
“A real injury problem? Adam Lallana got a cut, maybe you saw it. Not sure if we should now try if the stitches are really strong enough.
“We have to see how Clyney is, it would be great for us if he could play.
“We rested him now for the last game, hopefully he can be a part for tomorrow, we’ll have to see.
“Nothing new about Marko Grujic, nothing about Ingsy. We should be quite a good squad. Slightly more [experienced].”
Clyne has missed three games with his rib injury, returning midway through to start in the 3-2 defeat at home to Swansea City on January 21, clearly testing his resilience.
The 25-year-old may not have been expected to make the starting lineup against Wolves even if fit, however.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has risen to the fore as an able deputy during Clyne’s rare spell on the sidelines, with the 18-year-old preferred for recent FA Cup clashes against Plymouth Argyle.
If Lallana is unavailable, however, Klopp could have more problems in his attempt to build a cohesive forward line.
The ex-Southampton midfielder has been utilised in a number of positions since Sadio Mane‘s departure to the Africa Cup of Nations earlier in January, and has seen his form suffer as a result.
Klopp could include Georginio Wijnaldum in his place in midfield, while the likes of Divock Origi, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn will be hoping to start as part of the Reds’ forward line.
As Klopp confirmed, both Marko Grujic (hamstring) and Danny Ings (knee) remain unfortunate, long-term absentees.