How Liverpool could line up vs Leicester with nine first team stars missing

Liverpool are facing the prospect of taking on Leicester with nine first team stars missing after the international break.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp’s injury crisis has worsened over the last few days, narrowing down his pool of available players even more.

Of course, preferred centre-back pairing Joe Gomez and Virgil van Dijk were already expected to miss most of the season with their respective knee injury.

Their case at the back was already worsened by Trent Alexander-Arnold limping off during the draw with Manchester City, and he will miss the Leicester game.

If that wasn’t enough, left-back Andy Robertson has withdrawn from international duty with a hamstring injury, and may miss the Foxes clash.

Fortunately for Klopp, Fabinho appears to be back in full training after picking up a hamstring injury against Midtjylland last month, which means he’ll slot in at centre-back alongside Joel Matip.

Back up left-back Kostas Tsimikas is also still recovering from a knock, meaning James Milner and Neco Williams will fill in at full-back if Robertson does not recover in time.

Moving into midfield, it’s a pretty bleak outlook, with three options expected to miss out, meaning Naby Keita and Gini Wijnaldum will be guaranteed starts, alongside perhaps Curtis Jones.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will certainly be unavailable as he continues to recover from a long-term injury.

Thiago Alcantara has spent the international break recovering from blow he received from Richarlison’s wild challenge in the derby, and may be available, though it remains unclear.

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Finally, skipper Jordan Henderson was taken off at half-time in England’s defeat to Belgium on Sunday night because of 'tightness’, suggesting he may be another knocking on the treatment door this week.

And in attack, Klopp should have his full arsenal available to fire with, all except for Mohamed Salah.

The Egyptian has tested positive for Covid-19 and will have to self-isolate for at least 10 days, ruling him out of the Leicester game.

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