Liverpool had to pick Adam Lallana in midfield last night and an unwell James Milner at right-back, due to the late injuries picked up by Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum.
Jurgen Klopp has stated that both would have started if they were fit, but in their absence, we drew 1-1 with West Ham at the London Stadium…
Milner offered very little up the right, and we missed Wijnaldum’s ability to find pockets of space in central areas.
“Gini and Hendo, both would’ve played and then they cannot play. That’s not too cool, I don’t know how long it will take,” the boss told Liverpoolfc.com.
“That’s the situation, that was always clear. It’s a long season and you have to deal with the situation.
“When players are in, all the players are there, then you maybe have a bit of a headache making the line-up, who wants to start, who you leave out. If you don’t have them that makes line-ups easier, but it leaves you short of options.
“We had a pretty young bench tonight and two strikers, a left-back – that doesn’t help in a game like this now. So it’s like it is. We have to deal with situations like that.
“We got a point and it’s a very positive sign, I would say, if you are disappointed about a point at West Ham. But it’s still a point, and let’s carry on.”
It’s Bournemouth on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll have a few players back available.
The key is getting Trent Alexander-Arnold back in defence… We reckon Hendo and Gini will probably be ok too – which will give Klopp decisions to make in midfield.
We think Fabinho, Naby Keita and Gini would be a strong trio.
Keita has not yet been able to show his best at Liverpool, but there were signs in the second-half last night that he’s improving.
Granted, he’s not yet set a very high benchmark, but the only way he’s going to gain confidence is by playing minutes.