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Liverpool's squad depth is about to be tested to its core

It has been a jam-packed and chaotic season so far for Liverpool and it has shown no signs of letting up.

After the conclusion of the international break, a period of 11 games in just 36 days lies ahead.

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That takes in the conclusion of the Champions League Group Stage as well as eight Premier League matches as Liverpool look to remain on course to defend their title with the run-in to Christmas just around the corner.

Taking into account the number of existing injury woes and the curtailed pre-season, there looks set to be plenty of squad rotation in the weeks to come.

At this time of writing, Liverpool sit third in the Premier League – just a point off top-spot Leicester, and have made a 100 per cent start in their Champions League campaign.

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The story of Liverpool’s season so far has been about belief or “mentality”, as their manager Jurgen Klopp puts it.

The English champions have now gone 63 matches in the Premier League without defeat on their own turf, equalling the best in the club’s illustrious history.

And that shows, above all else, they always find a way.

Despite Liverpool’s continued excellence to thrive in the face of adversity, it hasn’t come without a number of major disappointments for Klopp and his team this term.

“It’s not possible to see us be brilliant at the moment. We just have to dig in, and we did that, and I’m so, so happy,” he explained earlier this month.

“It’s an incredibly difficult time – in the outside world, 100 per cent, and for the boys as well. Really demanding with the number of games.

“So we have to find a way to help the boys and to keep a certain quality. That is for everyone, not just us.

“Seeing the determination and desire of the boys, the will to play football, to deal with setbacks is really exceptional.

“Football is always about finding the right way, and tonight [West Ham] the boys found it again.”

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Liverpool are already without the services of a number of high-profile players including Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Meanwhile Jordan Henderson, Andy Robertson and Rhys Williams require further assessments having returned to Merseyside from international duty with their fitness in question.

Such squad depth, is about to be tested again with a game a shade over every three days.

Klopp was settled on a first XI at the end of last season, yet unforseen circumstances have presented the Liverpool boss with such luxuries this term.

He has been forced to tinker with the system and integrate and utilise new and unproven options to help cater for so many sufficient losses.

The pressure is on for the manager to effectively manage the squad now with little room for further casualties. That means keeping players fit and happy with their game time while gaining a measure of consistency which has been elusive so far in 2020/21.

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