Jurgen Klopp ponders Ibrahima Konate decision as Liverpool consider attacking change


Liverpool are still challenging on four fronts after a remarkable Carabao Cup win over Leicester City on Wednesday night.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Diogo Jota and Takumi Minamino all netted as the much-changed Reds secured a 3-3 draw at Anfield in their quarter-final tie before winning 5-4 on penalties.


With the Boxing Day game against Leeds United postponed, Liverpool now make the reverse trip to Leicester for a Premier League game on Tuesday evening.

Centre-back question

A change in isolation rules and the calling off of the Leeds game mean that, fitness permitting, Liverpool are set to welcome back a number of key players.


Among them is Virgil van Dijk, who hasn’t featured since the win over Aston Villa on December 11.

His likely return would leave Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate favourites to compete for the other centre-back position with Joe Gomez still striving for full sharpness.


Billy Koumetio, who started against Leicester, is expected to be held back for possible cup duties next month, while Nat Phillips is out with a fractured cheekbone.

At left-back, Andy Robertson remains suspended with Kostas Tsimikas the man in possession ahead of Owen Beck. On the opposite flank, both Conor Bradley and Neco Williams featured in midweek but Trent Alexander-Arnold is poised to step back in.

Keita stakes claim

Liverpool were without the entirety of what has become their first-choice midfield for the most recent Premier League game at Tottenham Hotspur last Sunday.

And while Jordan Henderson was back in midweek, both Fabinho and Thiago Alcantara will be out of isolation in time for the trip to the King Power Stadium.

But Klopp will have decisions to make with Naby Keita, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all impressing against Leicester on Wednesday – albeit Keita could yet have to be released for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Curtis Jones is another to be out of isolation and, having been given the green light by doctors to resume playing after a freak eye injury, could be in contention for the first time in almost two months.

Bobby or no Bobby?

Whether Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane are available depends on whether Egypt and Senegal respectively delay their release for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Both are likely to start at Leicester if available, meaning three players will be competing for the central role.

Diogo Jota will be favourite having scored seven goals in his last nine games, but Roberto Firmino shone from the start in the Carabao Cup while Takumi Minamino netted the dramatic late equaliser.

Divock Origi, meanwhile, has missed the last three games with a knee complaint.


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