Liverpool are set to field a significantly stronger lineup as the Premier League returns on Saturday with a trip to newly promoted Sheffield United to come.
However, it is unlikely any of the 11 to start in Milton Keynes will be retained for the weekend’s trip to Bramall Lane, with full rotation expected.
He is provided a positive update on Alisson‘s recovery, with the plan being that the No. 1 rejoins the squad at Melwood on Sunday, which could see him back earlier than expected.
This rules the Brazilian out in Sheffield, however, with Adrian set to take over from Kelleher despite the Irishman’s impressive debut at Stadium MK.
Milner suffered a knock in that third-round win but “should be good,” as did Curtis Jones, though there appear to be no further issues with Keita after his six-week layoff.
Possible Lineups vs. the Blades
With Mane back after a dead leg forced him off at Chelsea, Klopp is able to field close to his strongest possible lineup as Liverpool pursue a seventh league win.
The Reds’ squad in training on Thursday afternoon signposted the likely starters in South Yorkshire, and therefore it is highly unlikely the team news will be any different than the above come 11.30am on Saturday.
However, there is the small possibility Klopp takes caution with Mane after his injury at Stamford Bridge, and this could see Oxlade-Chamberlain make back-to-back starts.
The 26-year-old was substituted with eight minutes to spare in midweek, and as he nears full sharpness this could be another game that suits his brand of explosive attacking play.
With the midfield trio of Fabinho, Henderson and Wijnaldum firmly established, Oxlade-Chamberlain could be considered as an alternative to Mane on the left flank:
That, however, should not be expected as Klopp prepares Liverpool in their bid to sustain a 100 percent start to the league campaign.
Kelleher, Gomez, Milner, Origi and two of Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Keita should settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench, with consistency key so far.