The Reds head to Lancashire this weekend looking to make it six wins in a row in all competitions and maintain their title challenge in the Premier League.
They come up against a Burnley side without a win in 11 and having played five games fewer than many other sides, but have also held both Arsenal and Man United to draws among their last three outings.
Klopp is expecting a “proper fight” at Turf Moor, but Liverpool should take confidence into the tie having dismantled Leicester so comfortably on Thursday night.
And with injuries a distant memory at Anfield, the manager is spoiled for choice when naming his XI.
For once, Klopp has been given a clean bill of health throughout his squad, as he told reporters on Friday:
- Jordan Henderson available after back problem – and “will play”
- Sadio Mane back in training having made late return from AFCON
- No problems for Joe Gomez or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain after Covid
- Rest of squad fit and ready for selection
Liverpool’s XI vs. Burnley
Though there is a full complement of players at Klopp’s disposal, there are still a couple of hints as to how Liverpool could line up on Sunday.
For one, there is a likelihood that, as with Mo Salah on Thursday night, Mane will not be considered in contention for a starting place.
The Senegal captain only returned to full training on Friday, with Klopp admitting that the club’s medical staff “have to see how intense it was for him” after playing almost every minute of every game at AFCON.
- Alisson likely to start behind an unchanged back four
- Henderson expected to take Curtis Jones‘ place in midfield
- Salah should start, with Roberto Firmino potentially making way
Those two changes would see Liverpool line up like this:
However, Klopp could look to shake things up further due to the strength of the squad available to him, with the turnaround between Thursday night and 2pm on Sunday a short one.
- Ibrahima Konate could take over from Matip at centre-back
- Harvey Elliott and Naby Keita in line to replace Thiago and Fabinho
- Klopp could opt to start a confident Mane ahead of Diaz
With those alterations, including the same midfield that started against Burnley in August, the Reds could take to Turf Moor as below:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Elliott, Keita; Salah, Mane, Jota
That both of those lineups would leave Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, Curtis Jones, Kostas Tsimikas, James Milner, Divock Origi, Takumi Minamino and Joe Gomez out is a testament to Liverpool’s strength.
It is a rare situation that Klopp will embrace. Though despite that, it still seems likely that few changes will be made for a tough clash with Burnley.