Jurgen Klopp’s not afraid to make big decisions, and while this is definitely a risky one, it provides us with the most exciting potential offensive unit…
Having said that, it’s only a possibility if Jordan Henderson joins Adam Lallana in missing out. The skipper is targeting the Merseyside Derby for his return, but it’s touch and go whether he’ll be fit enough to play.
Without Lallana and (hypothetically) the skipper, Liverpool have two slots to fill in central midfield.
Instead of bringing in Lucas, Kevin Stewart or another – Klopp could use Emre Can as the holder, keep with Gini Wijnaldum on the right of him and bring Coutinho a little deeper into Lallana’s usual role…
This will hopefully allow our Brazilian more time on the ball and we’ve seen him do great things from deep positions during the international break for his country, often drifting off his flank and being the deepest of Tite’s midfielders.
This then opens up a space in the front-three, which could allow Ben Woodburn a role on the left alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
It’s bold, and in all likelihood the boss will go with more experienced options in such a crunch fixture, but the young Welshman’s got the talent and mentality to do it.
Just an idea, anyway.