Former Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says Jurgen Klopp will “enjoy” the challenge of dealing with his side’s centre-back crisis.
The Reds are down to one fit centre-back in Joe Gomez after Fabinho’s hamstring injury. The Brazilian went down during Tuesday’s win over Midtjylland, adding to Virgil van Dijk’s ongoing absence.
Indeed, Liverpool are awaiting results of a scan before devising a further plan. But with West Ham up next in the Premier League on Saturday, Anfield boss Klopp must find a solution.
Speaking to BT Sport, Lallana, who left Liverpool in the summer, explained how Klopp will react to the situation.
“He won’t use anything as an excuse, he’ll say it’s the same for every team,” the now-Brighton midfielder said. “(He’ll say) ‘We’ve got the squad to adapt and deal with it’.
“He’ll meet the challenge face on, the lads will be in tomorrow and they’ll recover and he’ll pick a team to best West Ham.
“Ok it’s going to be a test but it’s a test that he’ll love and the lads will get together and help each other out.”
Asked if Klopp could thrive in the ‘backs-to-the-wall’ scenario, Lallana added: “Coming from the underdog region he likes that.
“So there’ll be a little bit of him that will enjoy this test and he’ll be fired up for it.”
Klopp revealed after Tuesday’s game that he could end up handing one of his youngsters a Premier League debut.
Indeed, concerns remain about Joel Matip’s fitness, with Rhys Williams and Nathaniel Phillips waiting in the wings.
Williams looks the likely deputy after making two Champions League appearances. Phillips, meanwhile, has played once before – in last season’s FA Cup.
Klopp urged to play Henderson in defence
However, one pundit feels Jordan Henderson could fill in alongside Joe Gomez.
The pair have played once together at the back, in Liverpool’s Club World Cup win over Monterrey last season.
As such, Kevin Phillips feels the Reds captain has what it takes to make his mark elsewhere in the team.