Jurgen Klopp faces Virgil van Dijk conundrum as Liverpool reflect on midfielder overhaul – .

Jurgen Klopp faces Virgil van Dijk conundrum as Liverpool reflect on midfielder overhaul – .

Liverpool maintained their unbeaten position at the start of the season with a heated clash against other Premier League title prospects Chelsea on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah’s penalty canceled Kai Havertz’s opener as the Reds came from behind to win a 1-1 draw against the visitors at 10.

The international break means Liverpool now have to wait almost two weeks until their next Premier League game at Leeds United.

And here, we anticipate the changes Jurgen Klopp could make when his team are next in action.

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Central defender rotation?

Alisson Becker’s impressive start to the season has cemented his undisputed number one position between the sticks, and he will be among those who will remain in Merseyside during the international break due to quarantine concerns.

Equally outstanding was Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back and will be hoping to come out unscathed after being called up by England for their next World Cup qualifying line.

Elsewhere in defense, however, there are questions to be answered.

Andy Robertson was below his best in his first appearance of the season against Chelsea, with Kostas Tsimikas having shone in his first two Premier League starts in the Scotland’s absence.

The trip to Leeds is the first of seven games in 22 days as intensity mounts for Liverpool with the return of the Champions League and the League Cup.

And while Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip have established themselves in the heart of the defense, Ibrahima Konate and Joe Gomez can look forward to minutes in the coming weeks with Elland Road the first potential opportunity.

Van Dijk in particular will see his playing time closely watched, having not returned for a long time after being sidelined for almost 10 months.

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The change of midfield awaits you

While not exactly cracking up, the engine room did not perform at an optimal level against Chelsea.

Fabinho was pretty solid on his return to the number six role, but Jordan Henderson struggled to sway things as usual after being moved to the left to welcome Harvey Elliott on the opposite side.

Naby Keita may be unhappy to have been abandoned as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain started the opener at Norwich City.

Klopp has options, Thiago Alcantara awaiting a first start to the season and Curtis Jones has yet to appear.

James Milner has missed the last two games with injury, with the Reds hoping he won’t face an extended period on the sidelines.

Firmino attend

Liverpool are also awaiting the extent of the hamstring problem which forced Roberto Firmino to withdraw early against Chelsea, with the striker undergoing a review on Sunday.

Like Alisson and Fabinho, he would not have traveled on an international mission this week anyway.

Diogo Jota was his replacement and will be waiting to join Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in the top three.

It was telling, however, that Takumi Minamino remained on the bench in the second half while Divock Origi failed to make the 20-man squad for the second game in a row.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether Origi or a new face will be in the squad in a fortnight, with the transfer window closing on Tuesday night.


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