Jurgen Klopp was asked during today’s press-conference about his likely team selection for Burnley’s trip to Anfield.
Sadio Mane is suspended for three matches, the first of which will be Saturday afternoon’s tie to Sean Dyche’s bullish outfit.
We do have a number of options, actually, especially considering only Adam Lallana is now unavailable from our batch of midfielders and attackers.
Klopp named three possibilities for the left-wing role Mane currently occupies, while suggesting he could also change the shape.
“We knew there would be moments when Sadio wouldn’t play or should not play,” Klopp said. “That’s why we built the squad.
“We have options. Roberto [Firmino], Philippe [Coutinho] can play there of course and Alex [Oxlade-Chamberlain] can play there.
“We can change the system. We can do a lot of things. It’s always difficult to replace top class players.”
If Firmino goes left, Daniel Sturridge could start centrally. The forward hasn’t had many opportunities this term and always offers a goal threat.
If Coutinho starts there, Firmino will likely remain the centre-forward option.
If Oxlade-Chamberlain is given the nod, Firmino will again probably play in the middle, with Coutinho an option for a deeper, more creative midfield role.
That’s before mentioning Ben Woodburn and the currently injured Lallana…
There is definitely options at Klopp’s disposal, unlike times last season. Let’s hope whoever comes in can temporarily fill Mane’s boots.