Liverpool welcome Burnley to Anfield tomorrow evening and are in desperate need of three points.
The Reds are coming into this game on a four-game winless streak, having also failed to score in three of those. Their last game (0-0 at home to Manchester United) emphasised where this team is at currently.
However, even without a recognised centre-back in the team, they still managed to keep a clean sheet. Despite the injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, the defence has not been Liverpool’s weak point this season. When it has been tested, Liverpool’s number one Alisson has been so dependable.
So with tomorrow’s game against Burnley now becoming a ‘must-win’ for Liverpool, what should we look out for?
At least one of the front three to be rested
The front three of Liverpool have been at the forefront of the club’s success under Jurgen Klopp. However, we are now starting to see them going through their worst spell together since they arrived at the club.
Klopp will want to put an end to this goal drought and maybe a fresh face could be the key. The most likely candidate to be dropped is Roberto Firmino who could see Takumi Minamino take his place.
Joel Matip to return to the starting 11
Everyone associated with Liverpool Football Club is desperate to see Joel Matip back in on the pitch. The 29-year old has only featured eight times in the league for the Reds so far this season.
It appears that Klopp left Matip out the team against United as a precaution with the defender only training twice that week. However, with a few more days rest and training, tomorrow could the perfect game to see his return to the first team.
Fabinho and Henderson to return into midfield
Importantly, this will depend on the availability of Joel Matip and if Klopp decides to play either Nat Phillips or Rhys Williams alongside him. The two natural midfielders have stepped up when asked to play in defence but tomorrow could be time to move them back.
When neither of the two has been in the midfield this side has been missing something.
Since his arrival, Fabinho has been the anchor of this Liverpool midfield becoming arguably the best CDM in the world. The same is said for Henderson, when he is not in the midfield, his drive and leadership is missed.
Every Liverpool fan would welcome the return of these two players into their natural positions.