Liverpool had been handed a merciless blow with Harvey Elliott now going through months on the sidelines, however the present has to go on and a trio of Reds have a job to play.
As Elliott crumpled to the bottom in apparent agony, the ache was felt all through the Liverpool camp for a shiny expertise now going through months on the sidelines.
And that finally led to questions of what subsequent.
Liverpool’s squad depth has been closely debated all through the summer time and extra so as soon as the switch window closed with just one new signing arriving.
Jurgen Klopp does have choices at his disposal, nonetheless, to cowl the lack of a participant who seized his second when it was there for the taking.
“We are going to play soccer with out him, however we’ll look ahead to him as nicely as a result of he’s a high participant,” the supervisor stated post-match.
It speaks volumes of the 18-year-old’s place within the squad however as is all the time the case, harm opens the door for others and Liverpool must see their choices seize it with each palms.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones are simply three of those that could make an impression and guarantee there’s a silver lining to all of it.
A triangle reshuffle
The lack of Elliott sees Liverpool lose out on a brand new ‘triangle’ that earned Klopp’s reward after the draw with Chelsea, with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah finishing the brand new look right-hand aspect.
The chemistry between the trio provided a distinct edge to the Reds shifting ahead, with the supervisor having identified that “the triangle on the right-hand aspect labored fairly nicely” with the understanding solely to enhance week by week.
That’s briefly on maintain and whereas Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago will probably be a much-used mixture, with video games now shifting to at least one each three video games the squad will must be utilised.
That is the place Oxlade-Chamberlain, Keita and Jones come into play — a trio who mixed have amassed 233 minutes within the 4 video games up to now this season.
The Scouser, nonetheless, has but to take to the sector however a path continues to be specified by entrance of him and now it’s time for Jones and his teammates to step up.
Keita did impress in his two begins in opposition to Norwich and Burnley however he has confirmed considerably extra environment friendly on the left of Fabinho, with Klopp now needing to query a straight swap or a midfield shuffle to utilize the gamers at his disposal.
Sometimes, Liverpool’s right-sided midfielder is probably the most superior of the midfield three and Henderson could possibly be earmarked for the position before everything, with each Oxlade-Chamberlain and Jones an acceptable choice relying on the opposition.
They received’t essentially provide the identical dynamism that Elliott supplied and they’re going to have the all-important rhythm Klopp so typically speaks about to seek out, however they will actually do a job – with the No. 15 more likely to dovetail minutes in each assault and midfield.
It will go away Thiago and Keita rotating on the left, a place Jones has beforehand confirmed his value in, and James Milner additionally providing the recent legs which have lengthy been on Klopp’s thoughts.
“We are going to use every supply, every leg now we have and we’ll attempt to be as profitable as potential,” the supervisor stated of the run of seven video games in 21 days previous the journey to Leeds.
Elliott’s harm is actually one which Liverpool may nicely do with out firstly of a relentless run, however with Fabinho, Thiago, Henderson, Keita, Milner, Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Reds have the personnel to greater than cowl his absence.
The problem now’s for the likes of Keita, Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain to grab the second as Elliott did all through the summer time and the beginning of the season.
The No. 8 and No. 15 each have their doubters after respective battles with harm lately, however after a full uninterrupted pre-season, they will now remind the plenty simply what they will provide to this Liverpool staff.
Their time is now.