The starting lineup for Liverpool's match against Manchester United on Monday is expected to change.
Jurgen Klopp’s front three in particular is the focus ahead of the tie, as both sides look for their first win of the season, after the Reds final senior striker Darwin Nunez was shown a red card for a headbutt.
On Monday night, when asked why he started new boy Nunez for the first time up front, Klopp summed up how limited his options were.
“Because we have no other strikers,” he said.
“I’m really curious that you see the line-up, prepare the interview and ask the questions you ask, but okay. Darwin is a fantastic player, scored last week and that’s why he starts.”
Nunez will now serve a three-game ban for his straight red offence, and Klopp’s other strikers, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota, are also out.
Joel Matip, Thiago, Ibrahima Konate, Curtis Jones, Calvin Ramsay, Kaide Gordon, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are also out injured for Klopp.
So, who will lead the line for Liverpool against their rivals next Monday? Here’s how talkSPORT.com envisions the Reds’ starting XI…
Starting at the back, it’s no surprise that goalkeeper Allison will remain between the posts.
Similarly, full-backs Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson will almost certainly remain in Klopp’s starting XI against Manchester United.
In the absence of Joel Matip, either Nat Phillips or Joe Gomez could fill in as Virgil van Dijk’s center-back partner.
Phillips started on Monday but was replaced by Gomez, who put in an impressive performance to shore up Liverpool’s backline despite being reduced to ten men – so he could start on Monday.
Meanwhile Liverpool have plenty of absentees in the middle of the park.
Most notably, star Thiago is expected to be sidelined for between four to six weeks with a hamstring injury sustained against Fulham.
James Milner, Fabinho and Harvey Elliott made up the Reds’ midfield in their 1-1 draw versus Palace – but it’s likely this will change given someone will need to fill the vacancies in attack.
Milner came in for captain Jordan Henderson with Klopp warned of Henderson’s fitness levels, but the skipper will be the perfect person to have leading his side in the clash again foes United.
It’s likely Fabinho will stay in the middle of the park, meanwhile Fabio Carvalho, who came on as a substitute on Monday, will fill Elliott’s space as the youngster gets pushed up the field onto the right wing.
This leaves Klopp with Mohamed Salah – should Firmino not come back from injury – to play up front, with Liverpool’s hero against Palace Luis Diaz to the left of him.