Many of Liverpool’s experienced first-teamers were poor again last weekend and the humiliation at Brighton, coupled with a promising performance from youngsters at Wolves, may have been the final straw for Klopp.
The general thinking among supporters is that it can’t get much worse than how the Reds played on their last Premier League outing, so there’s no harm in switching up the starting 11.
Klopp, however, might be more hesitant.
Here’s how Liverpool could line up against a Chelsea side battling their own form and injury woes.
There wasn’t much in the way of team news from Klopp’s press conference but the manager did confirm Nunez’s availability, as well as saying Stefan Bajcetic is ready for the first team:
- Darwin Nunez is available after two-game absence
- Liverpool “don’t have to be careful” with Bajcetic
- Van Dijk, Diaz, Jota, Arthur and Firmino still sidelined
Liverpool’s XI vs. Chelsea
While there’s been a clamour from supporters for some of the youngsters to remain in the side, Klopp is generally conservative in his team selection and is unlikely to rock the boat too much.
This could result in six changes from midweek and three from the side that slumped to defeat at Brighton.
- Joe Gomez keeps his place alongside Konate
- Cody Gakpo to move out wide as Nunez returns
- Keita to finally start in the league ahead of Henderson
This is how Liverpool would line up:
And the manager did hint at 18-year-old Bajcetic’s involvement on the eve of the match, saying he did not have “to be careful” with his use of the youngster.
To accommodate both in their best positions, 4-2-3-1 could be an option, however, it would be a gamble given how easily Brighton played through that system in the first half last weekend.
Here’s how a 4-2-3-1 could play out:
- A Thiago and Bajcetic partnership, first league start for 18 y/o
- Elliott in a preferred forward position
- Nunez then free to run in behind
This is how Liverpool could line up in this scenario:
It’s a tough team to predict this weekend but in general, Klopp refrains from making too many changes from his first XI for big games.
At the same time, Liverpool’s poor form may have already offset the supposed risk of playing someone like Bajcetic as things can’t get much worse!