Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp facing Thiago Alcantara problem and Roberto Firmino question
So, after a bruising Merseyside derby, how does Jurgen Klopp re-assemble the pieces for Liverpool's next assignment?
The Premier League champions were left counting the cost of their 237th game against Everton on Saturday, walking away from Goodison Park with little but insult, injury and injustice.
The insult came via the controversial ruling out of a stoppage-time winner from Jordan Henderson, while the injuries were sustained to both Virgil van Dijk and Thiago Alcantara.
On the latter, Liverpool remain hopeful that his problem is not a serious one following the high lunge that saw Richarlison shown a straight red by referee Michael Oliver.
The Spain international was able to play on and the early prognosis is an optimistic one for Klopp as he prepares to refocus on matters on the continent.
Liverpool will feel they have some unfinished business in European football given how they exited the Champions League back in March.
After peppering the Atletico Madrid goal with as many as 34 shots in the last game played with fans at Anfield, they somehow walked away with a 3-2 defeat after extra time.
The match, as has been well publicised, perhaps should not have even gone ahead given the influx of fans from Madrid where the COVID-19 crisis stood as the worst in Europe at the time.
Just two days later, the Premier League announced a pause that it would stay on for three months and fans have not been at a top flight match in this country since.
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