Jordan Henderson is out with an injury, which may allow Jurgen Klopp an opportunity to make a decision.
Klopp would prefer to have everyone available to him, of course. Especially Henderson, a player who has provided the backbone of the team for a long time now.
But Klopp himself explained on Friday how Henderson is out for the next three weeks. But there is a silver lining to this – it gives Klopp more room to make a decision.
We wrote recently how Klopp will likely have to make a choice between Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain soon. We called it an £87.97m decision, thanks to their reported prices (Keita £52.97m, Oxlade-Chamberlain £35m).
That’s the amount paid for the privilege of the duo but Klopp can likely only field one against Atletico Madrid in three weeks.
Originally, we felt that was because Fabinho may sit it out so Klopp can go more attacking. Henderson would revert to the holding role and either Kieta or Oxlade-Chamberlain can come in to attack Atletico.
But now, with Henderson out, there is a glaring space there over the next four weeks, providing plenty of opportunities to test out players.
If either are the answer to the Atletico puzzle, Klopp will now find out. And he doesn’t need to rotate players to find that out.
There’s also the added bonus of finding out if they can play with Fabinho at a top level. Perhaps, even, take advantage of his defensive focus to attack more.
While Klopp would certainly prefer to have Henderson without injury, there is a silver lining here.