For Tuesday’s Premier League match against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium, Liverpool are set to retain their Africa Cup of Nations three together.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Naby Keita were scheduled to leave on December 27, the day before the game, but there is now optimism that their departure may be postponed until after the New Year.
Virgil van Dijk, Curtis Jones, Thiago Alcantara, and Fabinho have all returned to training after their COVID-19 infection, but Andy Robertson is banned, while the foursome of Nat Phillips, Adrian, Divock Origi, and Harvey Elliott all have injuries that need medical attention. If the Dutchman is well enough, Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, and Joel Matip might form a familiar backline, with Kostas Tsimikas capable of filling in for the suspended Robertson.
With Thiago just recently returning to training, Keita might start with Fabinho and Jordan Henderson in midfield, while James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also choices.
During the absences of Salah and Mane, Klopp will very certainly use Takumi Minamino and Roberto Firmino, but the AFCON two will almost certainly start at the King Power Stadium while they are still available.
Firmino was healthy enough to play the entire 90 minutes and score a penalty in Tuesday’s EFL Cup triumph against Leicester, but Diogo Jota will most likely take his place as the attack’s focal point.
Leicester City possible starting lineup:
Schmeichel: Daley-Campbell, Amartey, Vestergaard, Castagne; Ndidi, Tielemans, Soumare; Perez, Vardy, Maswanhise
Liverpool possible starting lineup:
Alisson: Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Tsimikas; Henderson, Fabinho, Keita; Salah, Jota, Mane