The Reds are due for their 60th and final game of 2022 this week, as they face Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester at Anfield.
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.
Here is what we know about the Liverpool squad for Friday, including from Klopp’s press conference:
- Cody Gakpo is unavailable and cannot be registered until January 1
- Roberto Firmino has “already healed” but targeting Brentford return
- Ibrahima Konate is back available – and no new injuries post-Villa
- Curtis Jones likely still out along with Luis Diaz, Diogo Jota, Arthur
Liverpool’s XI vs. Leicester
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:
- Alisson behind unchanged back four including Joel Matip
- Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago in midfield
- Oxlade-Chamberlain retained alongside Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez
That would see this Liverpool lineup at Anfield:
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:
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.