Jurgen Klopp may have to be inventive against Leicester City today. The Liverpool boss needs to handle an injury crisis that affects his midfield.
Liverpool play Leicester City at Anfield today and Jurgen Klopp will need to change things around. He has a long injury list, after all, with players missing all over the pitch.
Defence is hit hardest, which could necessitate the returning Fabinho plays there. We simply don’t know what Klopp is going to do, however, so here are three midfields the boss could go with against Leicester.
Keita – Fabinho – Wijnaldum
This would be our guess. It would mean Nat Phillips starting in defence but Liverpool could keep their comfortable 4-3-3 shape and have Fabinho protect the back four.
He’d have two senior midfielders alongside him, too, both of whom are without injury worries. It’s the reliable, safe option against Leicester.
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Yes, a midfield two. This would see Fabinho in defence and experience the order of the day in midfield.
Thiago (29) and Gini Wijnaldum (30) are undoubtedly the two most experienced midfielders alongside Jordan Henderson – but the captain is definitely out.
Thiago might just make it back, though. If he does, then this could be a way to ensure Liverpool control midfield without putting too many numbers there.
It would mean a move away from 4-3-3, though. Perhaps to 4-2-3-1 or even 3-4-3.
Jones – Thiago – Wijnaldum
Attack, attack, attack. Again, this would mean Fabinho in defence and then a high-risk midfield in front.
Liverpool won’t have a strong defence no matter what, after all, and going all-out attack might make sense. If you can’t rely on a clean sheet, score more than they do.
Thiago would sit deep and control the tempo, Wijnaldum could play box-to-box helping out, and Curtis Jones would have the license to link midfield and attack.
It would be a big risk in a difficult game but maybe that’s exactly what Liverpool need right now.