A tight turnaround could see Klopp rotate to take on the Premier League‘s 18th-placed side, but the need for a result also stresses the importance of his key players keeping their places.
Another injury at centre-back will force the manager’s hand to an extent, but the fitness of a host of exciting squad options, not least Jota, could see him consider changes elsewhere too.
Here’s how Liverpool could line up against Fulham this weekend.
More centre-back changes
Unsurprisingly, Klopp revealed another new injury blow during his pre-match press conference.
After playing five full games in a row following his loan move from Schalke, Ozan Kabak is now sidelined with a “little problem” suffered against Chelsea.
The manager said it “doesn’t look like” his No. 19 would be available, but added that “Nat I think will be ready and Ben as well,” which gives him further options at centre-back.
Nat Phillips missed the midweek defeat with a minor problem, while Ben Davies appears to not yet be trusted having joined from Championship side Preston on deadline day – to the point which it seems doubtful he ever will be.
Jota made his return from a three-month layoff last time out and could be in contention to start, while Naby Keita is also available having played his first 10 minutes in two months against Sheffield United.
Liverpool’s XI vs. Fulham
As ever, the pressing issue for Klopp as he puts together his lineup for Sunday is who should start at centre-back.
The manager could also look to shuffle his pack up front as Jota comes in, and with Mohamed Salah a certainty to start following his controversial substitution in midweek, it could be that Sadio Mane drops out to accommodate the No. 20:
It seems more likely that fewer changes will be made despite the frustration of losing to Chelsea, however, and it could be that Klopp makes only two alterations.
But the availability of Jota does present the option of a switch to a 4-2-3-1 shape from the start – as was the case when he came on against Chelsea – reprising the promising setup seen prior to his injury.
His inclusion could, then, come at the expense of Jones, with Wijnaldum and Thiago serving as a double pivot and the Portuguese joining Mane and Firmino in support of Salah as centre-forward:
Incredibly, Fulham head into this game above Liverpool in the form table, with Scott Parker’s side having taken nine points from their last six league outings compared to the Reds’ three.
But Klopp will be aware of the enduring quality in his squad, and can perhaps hope that the injection of Jota back into his starting lineup could be the jolt required to pick up a much-needed win.