The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, captain Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip made up 50 percent of that half-dozen and all three would have had a big role to play here at Wembley.
It was one of the mistakes of last season that Liverpool won the title having all the luck on their side when it comes to injury setbacks.
Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Naby Keita – players with a combined value of over £ 150million – were all out for more than 10 games apiece, as there were significant layoffs for Dejan Lovren and Xherdan Shaqiri.
Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Mohamed Salah also missed games en route to the title, while Jordan Henderson missed the last four with a knee problem that ended the season.
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The idea that Liverpool avoided injury was a mythical tale peddled by their critics.
This time around in the Reds’ campaign opener, Jurgen Klopp was forced to plug a number of holes with square pegs.
Joe Gomez and Fabinho both finished the game outside of their natural habitat as Klopp rolled the dice to try and bring his team back into the game.
And although Shaqiri and Divock Origi were always unlikely to start this one had they been fit, their respective absences left Klopp paralyzed to some extent as Liverpool continued the game.
Klopp traditionally prefers his numbers, but ends up missing six first-team players.
Liverpool will have a more familiar look to his style upon his return.
The Fabinho experience must end
A penny for Fabinho’s thoughts on the hour at Wembley?
After two seasons at Anfield, the Brazilian has solidified his reputation as one of the best midfielders in European football today.
Undoubtedly one of the best in the Premier League, Liverpool look like a smoother operation when in their rightful role, hooking up to challenges and using the ball intelligently.
So being invited to play as an emergency center-back is probably not on the player’s wishlist. It shouldn’t be either.
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Fabinho has played there for the Reds before, notably in a Champions League clash with Bayern Munich at Anfield last year, but seeing him diverted from his favorite role will be enough to make fans wince in weeks and months. to come up.
With Joel Matip injured and Dejan Lovren in Russia with Zenit Saint Petersburg, Fabinho has been pushed to the post alongside Virgil van Dijk due to a lack of senior center-backs in the squad at the moment.
There is no doubt that needs must happen, but it is a situation that must not happen too often in the next campaign.
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If Klopp is unwilling to trust the untried youngsters in his defensive ranks, then a fourth-choice center-half must be found in the transfer market before the new campaign begins.
Positive signs for Minamino
Perhaps the big advantage of Liverpool’s day at Wembley was Takumi Minamino’s performance.
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The Japan international hasn’t had the easiest adjustment period at Anfield.
Joining a relentless Reds organization midway through a season made it difficult for them to achieve the same levels of intensity of a team that had their bit firmly between their teeth in pursuit of the No.19 league title.
The nimble striker was forced to settle for cameos and appearances in cup competitions as he tried to claim his own rights.
The suspension from Premier League football for more than three months also hampered his progress.
Off the bench around the hour here, the former Red Bull Salzburg striker was quick and inventive.
Liverpool vs Arsenal – Community Shield
Taking his goal well, his clever finish when a one-on-one with Emi Martinez hinted at an extra goal threat for Liverpool in the upcoming campaign.
“A goal was the only thing he missed so far and today he was finally here,” Klopp said of Minamino’s contribution.
With the same pre-season schedule under their belt as their team-mates, Liverpool can perhaps expect to have another string to their bow when it comes to Minamino in the future.