James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain-Chamberlain will be extra important for Liverpool this season if new signings aren’t made.
The Premier League transfer window slams shut in just under three weeks and if the Reds’ transfer silence is anything to go by, they are unlikely to make any new signings.
It sounds bad but given the squad at Jurgen Klopp’s disposal, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue. If Klopp doesn’t make any signings, he has more than enough quality in his side to get through the season and come out the other hand with either the Premier League title or a Champions League winners’ medal or even both.
Here’s a look at the two players whose versatility offers Klopp a unique solution to certain problems.
The Englishman is an Anfield favourite as he has never given anything less than his best since he swapped Manchester blue for Merseyside red.
The 33-year-old might have moved to Liverpool with a desire to play in central midfield but at times, he has been forced to play left and right back and has always done so without complaint.
With it looking unlikely that Klopp will sign a new left-back, Milner might need to provide cover for Andy Robertson in cup competitions or even in the Premier League and Champions League if the Scotsman picks up an injury.
When Robbo was suspended for the home leg against Bayern last season, Klopp opted to play Milner at left-back ahead of Alberto Moreno
Another English player that moved from a major Premier League rival to Anfield to play in central midfield after previously struggling for game time in his preferred position under Arsene Wenger.
The only forwards that Klopp has in reserve to provide cover for Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri.
If it comes to it, Klopp can use Chamberlain on the wing to provide cover for Salah as he used Naby Keita on the left wing to shift Sadio Mane inside when Roberto Firmino got injured.