New signing Luis Diaz also starred from the bench and would appear to have survived a strong welcome to English football having trained in the build-up to this clash.
Salah has made an immediate return to Merseyside following a heartbreaking defeat on penalties in the AFCON final and could also feature.
Such an abundance of options is an unfamiliar position for Klopp, but it won’t be an unpleasant one as the Reds’ go on the hunt in all four competitions over the coming weeks.
It is a “new [situation], but an exciting one,” says the boss of having such a large squad to choose from.
Here’s how Liverpool could lineup against Leicester City at Anfield.
- Mane not back yet as Senegal party goes on
- No ill-effects for Diaz as Colombian enjoys quick settling-in period
- Back problem for Henderson – not expected to be long term
- Alisson, Fabinho, Joe Gomez and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain trained on Tuesday
Liverpool’s XI vs. Leicester
With Jordan Henderson absent from training on Tuesday, Elliott’s phenomenal goalscoring return could see Klopp show yet more faith in the youngster:
- Alisson retakes the gloves
- Joel Matip and Andy Robertson in for Ibrahima Konate and Kostas Tsimikas
- Keita the only midfield survivor as Elliott earns a place
- An angry Salah replaces Takumi Minamino
This would see Liverpool line up like this:
On the other hand, if Henderson is available, Klopp will almost certainly include the Reds’ influential captain from the outset.
Following an exciting debut, Diaz may have shown enough in training this week to warrant a starting berth as Mane celebrates in Senegal.
There could also be a place for a fully fit Thiago after the Spaniard enjoyed a 10-minute cameo on the weekend:
- Konate keeps Matip out
- Henderson from the right-side of a midfield three
- Jota from an unnatural position as Klopp holds Salah back
- A full debut for Diaz
Those changes look like this:
Much of this will depend on how the likes of Elliott, Thiago, Diaz and Salah have recovered ahead of this clash.
It’s not often in recent history that Klopp has had a selection headache but with so big games around the corner and ground to make up in the title race, this is no time for pondering.
Liverpool should be out for revenge over Brendan Rodgers’ side and with options bursting for an opportunity to stake a claim and Salah desperate to get going once again, this is a huge opportunity for the Reds to send out a message.