This weekend will put the depth of the Liverpool squad to the test like never before. The Reds have lost most of their back four to injury as well as key stars in other areas of the pitch. Liverpool fans should learn the pecking order at centre back this weekend now that Billy Koumetio is fighting fit and training with the first team.
Liverpool injury crisis
Jürgen Klopp must be asking his God just when his bad luck will end.
Since the start of the season the boss has seen well over a dozen players ruled out by illness and injury.
The worst hit area of the pitch is the defence with three quarters of the starting back four ruled out of Sunday’s visit from Leicester City.
Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez won’t play together again this season with the pair facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
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Joel Matip is the last centre back standing, who will partner him on Sunday is up in the air.
Liverpool stand ins so far
In the absence of Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez we have seen a carousel of stand ins.
Most notably there have been chances given to Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.
The latter put in a Man of the Match performance against West Ham United whilst Williams has impressed in the Champions League.
Pecking order could be revealed
Whilst Williams and Phillips have been afforded opportunities so far, we could learn the true pecking order this weekend.
During pre-season a lot of attention was put on Billy Koumetio.
However, the Frenchman has spent most of the start of the campaign ruled out with injury – like everybody else.
Now that the 18-year-old is fighting fit and in full training with the first team we could see his name on the team sheet at the weekend.
Koumetio appeared to be ahead of Williams and Phillips during pre-season, this weekend could indicate whether that will be the case going forward.