Jurgen Klopp continues to put faith in his squad depth, with Brazilian midfielder Fabinho out through the rest of the year with an injury.
Klopp hopes the rest of his players would step up in the absence of Fabinho – who will be sidelined until the new year after suffering ankle ligament damage – as Liverpool face a tedious festive period this season.
The likes of Naby Keita, Adam Lallana, and Xherdan Shaqiri have been deprived of minutes, thanks to Fabinho’s consistent display. With the manager hopeful, his injury could be an opportunity for the players.
“We have guys with a lack of minutes for different reasons like Shaq and Naby,” Klopp told reporters ahead of Saturday’s game against Brighton and Hove Albion.
“We don’t have the biggest squad in the world and now we have two defensive players in Joel [Matip] and Fabinho with long-term injuries.
“It’s not cool. They all will play. It’s time to be there for all of us and all the boys especially.
“In our preparation for the Napoli game, we watched the game last season and Hendo played in that position then. Gini played in the position already. Adam Lallana played in the position.
“We can change the system, we can do different things. Losing a player with the quality of Fabinho is big, massive, really bad. but we are not the only team in the Premier League with injuries.
“It’s not cool but it was clear Fab couldn’t have played all the games from now until March anyway.”
Fabinho’s injury could have come at a worse time for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp. With the club looking after a tedious run of fixtures over the festive season, including Club World Cup in Qatar.
This time last season, paved Liverpool’s path to eventually losing the Premier League to Manchester City. Klopp knows this too well and will be hoping to gather as many points as possible.
Klopp added: “December is always a tough period. We have had wonderful Decembers, but very average Januarys.
“So it is about going through and getting as many points as you can.”