2 Liverpool lineup options vs. Leicester – with Cody Gakpo unavailable

Liverpool will not be able to call upon Cody Gakpo against Leicester on Friday, with Jurgen Klopp set to decide between his left-sided options.

The Reds are due for their 60th and final game of 2022 this week, as they face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester at Anfield.

A comprehensive victory over Aston Villa on Boxing Day was their third in a row in the Premier League – bookending the World Cup break – and Klopp will be eager to make it four.

His attacking options remain limited, however, despite the £37 million signing of Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven earlier this week.

With Gakpo currently ineligible to feature, a big call is required on the left.


Team news

Here is what we know about the Liverpool squad for Friday, including from Klopp’s press conference:


Liverpool’s XI vs. Leicester

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - Monday, December 26, 2022: Liverpool's Andy Robertson (L) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before the FA Premier League match between Aston Villa FC and Liverpool FC at Villa Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

With no immediate new concerns emerging following the 3-1 win at Villa, and four days between games, there is a strong chance the same side is retained.

If that is the case, there may be another opportunity for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in the unfamiliar role of left winger:

That would see this Liverpool lineup at Anfield:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Thiago; Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Nunez

However, there is still scope for change, particularly with a tough trip to Brentford – who held Tottenham to a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day – to come just three days later.

That is unlikely to include Konate as a starter, but there are further options to rotate in midfield and attack:

  • Changes to defensive line doubtful, with Matip to keep place
  • Harvey Elliott an option to replace Henderson in midfield
  • Fabio Carvalho able to step in if Oxlade-Chamberlain drops out

With those two alterations, Liverpool could shape up like this:

Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Elliott, Thiago; Salah, Carvalho, Nunez

Though there are signs of improvement following the break and time spent training in Dubai, this Liverpool side remains a work in progress when it comes to rewriting their form.

But on a promising run, there is a convincing case to argue that Klopp should keep his faith in an unchanged lineup – particularly in the absence of key forwards.

It should be noted, too, that after Leicester and Brentford comes an FA Cup third-round clash with Wolves at Anfield, at which point more rotation can be employed.