If planning his squad around a December schedule that fits nine games isn’t hard enough, Jurgen Klopp there is the threat of COVID-19 to consider for Sunday’s trip to Spurs.
The Reds have five games in a nine-game month, with the most non-stop streak of the campaign underway as they head to north London three days after beating Newcastle.
Klopp and his staff will be on the map by the month, with the rotation needed to negotiate a congested roster, but for now the rapid spread of the new COVID-19 variant has made matters worse. becomes more difficult.
Liverpool will almost certainly have three players absent due to positive tests before Sunday, although there is every chance that could be ruled out before the game begins.
If that happens, the game may also be postponed, as with the other six games Premier League fixtures this weekend at the time of writing.
But how can the Red Devils line up at Tottenham, All is good?
While the situation could change in the hours before kick-off, here’s what we know so far:
Liverpool’s XI vs. Spurs
As it stands, it should be assumed that none of Van Dijk, Fabinho or Jones will be available to choose from, although the club have yet to announce whether their test will return a false positive.
There are also question marks over whether Henderson will feature, having been absent from the live Q&A session for Liverpool’s Christmas charity event on Friday, which Klopp and Mohamed Salah Attended as advertised.
However, with the claims of possible COVID-19 for the captain being rumors at this stage, it is hoped that he remains healthy enough to begin with.
If so, Liverpool could play in north London with Henderson as the mainstay of a rotating midfield:
- Alisson and the unchanging protection of Trent, Matip, Konate and Robertson
- Henderson is at number 6, with options Milner and Keita to move into midfield
- Salah, Mane and Jota are likely to start in attack; Firmino is saved Leicester
With two substitutions from the Newcastle win, the Reds will line up like this:
Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Henderson, Milner, Keita; Salah, Mane, Jota
But if Henderson is absent, as has been speculated, Klopp will preside over another effective change, while the manager will also need to consider more rotation for the second game in four days.
In the absence of a captain, Thiago is a likely candidate to step into a specialized role:
- Tsimikas is a reliable choice to give Robertson a break
- Ox could line up to start after making a substitution against Newcastle
- Keita is the most likely left if Thiago is necessary as number 6
Those changes will have Liverpool lining up like this:
Due to uncertainty about Premier League and the COVID-19 situation, it’s almost impossible to predict which team will hit the Spurs – or even if it will.
But with the information available, a strong lineup of players is still needed to deploy against Antonio Conte’s side, and Klopp can once again hope for a decisive performance from those on the fringes.
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