Liverpool take on Atalanta in the Champions League tonight with the Reds looking to secure their place in the knockout rounds of the competition. The Reds go into the game with a number of first team stars still missing. Jürgen Klopp could send a statement to the Premier League with his team selection against Atalanta tonight.
Liverpool injury crisis
The Reds first team are dropping like flies and we aren’t the only side impacted.
Arsenal have lost Bukayo Saka, Barcelona are without Gerard Pique.
There has been a sharp uptake in soft tissue injuries this term due to the shortened pre-season and an even more hectic schedule than usual.
The Reds have lost some players to this hectic schedule whilst others have been the victims of bad luck.
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For instance Virgil van Dijk will miss the rest of the season and Thiago is still absent after the pair were crunched in the Merseyside Derby.
Whereas Joe Gomez’s knee crumbled during England training, surely down to being overworked.
Jürgen Klopp row with Premier League
As a result of this ongoing injury crisis, Jürgen Klopp has been in an ongoing row with the Premier League over scheduling and substitutes.
The boss has been pleading with executives for the right to use five subs in a game, with a majority of clubs in the division needing to agree on the matter.
He has also been calling for more considerate scheduling, begging broadcasters to work with officials so that sides aren’t playing Wednesday night and noon on Saturday.
Klopp team selection v Atalanta
Jürgen Klopp could send a statement with his team selection v Atalanta.
The boss could pick a greatly weakened side in the tie in order to tell the Premier League that he isn’t prepared to risk his stars’ health to fit their agenda.
Should the Reds pick a weakened side and lose the game then the gaffer would be able to point towards the fact that he was forced to do so.
Furthermore, Klopp could argue that if he were to pick a weakened side it would attack the integrity of the competition.
Just who lines up tonight could be significant in the wider argument.