The Reds fell way below recent standards in the 3-1 defeat away to Arsenal, a result that significantly tightened things up at the top of the table.
Klopp’s side remain the leaders, however, and can re-establish themselves in pole position with a positive result and display against the Clarets.
Here’s a look at how Liverpool could line up at Anfield this weekend.
This is what the boss told us as he previewed the encounter:
- Thiago injury “not cool” but could feature again this season
- Dominik Szoboszlai out, may not make the League Cup final
- Conor Bradley unavailable, but Wataru Endo is back
Liverpool’s XI vs. Burnley
Szoboszlai’s injury has also opened up opportunities in the middle of the park, with a number of players likely to have their eye on his spot.
Endo is expected to be available following his return from the Asian Cup, meaning we could see the manager shuffle his midfield pack.
Let’s see what that might look like:
- Robertson to return to the starting XI, Gomez at centre-back
- Endo to sit behind Curtis Jones and Alexis Mac Allister in midfield
- Darwin Nunez to regain his place at the top of the pitch
This is how Liverpool would line up:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo, Mac Allister, Jones; Diaz, Jota, Nunez
There are a number of permutations for Klopp to consider this weekend, including both enforced and tactical changes.
Gomez’s availability is somewhat uncertain, having missed Thursday’s training session due to illness.
This and Konate’s absence could pave the way for Jarell Quansah, who has handled every challenge thrown at him admirably so far this season.
Here’s how an alternative XI, with several tweaks, could look:
- Quansah to partner Virgil van Dijk at the back
- Harvey Elliott to start as Endo is eased back in
- Cody Gakpo to start up front with Nunez and Diogo Jota
That would look something like this:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Quansah, Van Dijk, Robertson; Mac Allister, Elliott, Jones; Gakpo, Jota, Nunez
The team has often picked itself in recent weeks, but a fresh injury and suspension have opened the possibilities up somewhat for the boss.
Whichever way he chooses to go, the Reds should have too much quality for Vincent Kompany’s side, who currently sit 19th and seven points from safety.
A win is the only result that will suffice to get things back on track after the lacklustre display at the Emirates, it is down to the players to prove that was merely a blip.
Up the Reds!