How injury-hit Liverpool could have to line up in next Premier League game

Liverpool are suffering a major injury crisis with numerous first-team players absent, meaning Jurgen Klopp will have to get seriously creative before Sunday’s game with Leicester.

Virgil van Dijk’s long-term ACL injury has been compounded by losing defenders Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, while captain Jordan Henderson and fellow midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also out.

Mohamed Salah has tested positive for coronavirus after attending a wedding, plus Andy Robertson missed Scotland’s most recent game against Slovakia with hamstring trouble. Thiago Alcantara and Fabinho are also recovering from injuries and remain doubtful.

Frankly, all it’ll take is for Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to pick up knocks this week and Klopp will be reduced to playing himself in defence, Loris Karius up front and James Milner in about seven positions. (He can do it.)

OK, it isn’t that desperate. Yet. But Liverpool will undoubtedly be fielding an unusual XI against in-form Leicester City, unless they get a series of miracle turnarounds on the fitness front.

Fans have been sharing their possible line-ups on Twitter and speculating that Klopp may have to change his system depending on the players he has available.