Liverpool will play entire 20/21 season without using their best XI once

Liverpool will play through this entire season without using their best XI once. Injuries have crippled their season.

How likely is it than any given team could win the title without using their best XI once? Impossible, you’d think.

How about top 4? Still feels incredible unlikely, you’d have to say.

Yet that’s what Liverpool are trying to do this season. In fact, they’re currently pulling the latter off as they sit in fourth.

Liverpool will play through this entire season without using their best XI in even one game. And that should put their efforts into perspective. No one else has to deal with that.

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Best XI

Alexander-Arnold – Gomez – Van Dijk – Robertson
Henderson – Fabinho- Thiago
Salah – Firmino – Mane

Not once.

The closest we came was against Everton on October 17th. Liverpool lined up with those outfield 10 but with Adrian in goal as Alisson was injured.

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That game is also very notable for being when Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for the season.

Thiago picked up an injury, too, ruling him out for over two months. By the time he was back, Joe Gomez was out for the season.

Fabinho is now a defender and it’s changed the look of the side.

Alexander-Arnold – Matip – Fabinho – Robertson
Thiago – Henderson – Wijnaldum
Salah – Firmino – Mane

With those injuries, this became the next-best XI but we never saw it either. Now, of course, Joel Matip is out.

Ozan Kabak in for Matip will be the hope and that this will be the best XI going forward. Hopefully, we’ll get to see it – even just getting that midfield together would be a start.

Plans change

When Liverpool signed Thiago, it was with that first team in mind. We know that – Jurgen Klopp started the derby with the outfield 10 when everyone was fit.

But in terms of that best XI, Klopp hasn’t even got to use it once. That’s devastating for a side whose title success was built on the idea of relentless consistency.

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The really sad thing, though, is that Klopp may never get to put that XI out. If Liverpool shake things up this summer, it could well mean departures.

Any first-team sale would end any opportunity to put out that planned XI for this season.

And with all that in mind, we think it’s a minor miracle that Liverpool are in the top four.

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