A combination of injuries and the Old Trafford performance has left me thinking that Klopp may play a 4-3-2-1 formation away against Genk. This is on the presumption that Mohamed Salah’s injury keeps him out, but if he plays, the manager will probably stick to his trusted 4-3-3.
GK – Alisson
Having made no errors in his first appearance since the opening day of the season, our undisputed number one should start.
RB – Gomez
With Alexander-Arnold and Matip both not travelling because of a virus and a knee problem respectively, Gomez is expected to play in his unfavoured right-back position. Had Alexander-Arnold not been ill, he could have replaced Matip at centre-back, but Trent’s sickness shifts him wide as Lovren is certainly not a right-back candidate. Ki-Jana Hoever could have been in contention for a place, however, he recently departed for the FIFA U17 World Cup with Holland.
CB – Van-Dijk
Van-Dijk’s defensive stability may prove vital by cause of the multiple changes around him.
LB – Robertson
The changes expected and Gomez’s lesser attacking capabilities, on the opposite flank, suggest that Robertson is highly unlikely to be rested for this one.
CM – Fabinho
As one of two central-midfielders that I think will start, Fabinho nails his place down in the team as a result of his consistent exceptional performances in holding midfield. Moving slightly forwards shouldn’t come as a problem for the Brazilian who is equally adept at playing the ball forwards.
CM – Keita
Whilst we can’t judge a player from just one game, Keita must take the opportunity, which I think he’ll get, to ascend Klopp’s midfield pecking order. On Sunday, his performance was arguably what earned Liverpool their point. He made more forward passes in his short time on the pitch than Henderson or Wijnaldum and looked to be more capable of keeping possession and creating opportunities for teammates.
LW – Mané
A part of Sunday’s attacking woes came from Sadio being out of his now natural position in the first half. His usual pivotal link-up play with Robertson on the left was replaced by Divock Origi, who had a poor game. Mané was shifted to the right in Salah’s absence but was far less effective. In the second-half, Sadio switched back to the left and caused considerably more problems for Man Utd.
CAM – Firmino
Firmino dropped back into this position on Sunday and got slightly more of the ball than in the first half. He has the ability to link up play and he was signed by Brendan Rodgers to play this position, though he is out of practice at the moment.
RW – Oxlade-Chamberlain
It’s not his preferred position but Chamberlain may have to fill in on the right, given Shaqiri and Salah’s potential absences. When brought on in our most recent fixture, he provided energy. Some passes still went astray however he proved a real threat.
ST – Origi
Origi may find himself lucky to start against Genk, but Klopp’s refusal to sign a forward in the summer has left him as first reserve for the front three. If Origi’s performances from the start don’t pick up, Brewster will be knocking on Klopp’s door to ask why he’s not playing.