10 Liverpool problems facing Klopp as Reds take on Leipzig Champions League test
And so onto Leipzig. In Budapest.
The strangest of Liverpool seasons rolls onto the Hungarian capital as Jurgen Klopp and his players return to Champions League combat having been denied entry into Germany due to coronavirus concerns.
But the fact that they will be playing an away leg that isn't even in the home team's country hasn't really registered on the radar in the buildup to the game, with all manner of issues facing Klopp and his squad due to dismal domestic form.
Can he and they turn things around? Is Budapest the perfect chance for the start of a recovery or just the latest broken rung as they fall down a ladder?
Here are just some of Liverpool's pressing issues.
1. Rebuilding Alisson's confidence
Klopp once told the story of how he texted Alisson to find out how he was doing during a close season break in Brazil following Liverpool's Champions League win, only to be sent back a photograph of the goalkeeper on a horse wearing a cowboy hat.
He was fine, thanks for asking.
You get the sense he's probably fine now too, but a couple of nerves could well wash over him once he sets foot on the Budapest pitch on Tuesday night following his back-to-back error-strewn games against Manchester City and Leicester.
How Liverpool could do with him returning to his usually reassuring self soon.
2. Will the full-backs ever get a rest?
It hasn't been easy being Trent Alexander-Arnold this season, with the identity of Liverpool's right-sided centre-back changing almost game by game, meaning his starting positions and movement has had to as well.
It has been broadly similar for Andy Robertson on the left too, and between the pair you can probably say that it is Alexander-Arnold's defending which has been the more impressive.
He's started to look more like himself going forward too, although Klopp is sure to be mindful not to overwork two players who can be so important when they're both on song.
3. Eighteenth time's the charm?
Liverpool's 17th different centre-back pairing of the season had looked to be a successful one on Saturday until their world fell in late on.
Klopp may well have seen enough in the Jordan Henderson-Ozan Kabak axis to trust it again in Hungary, although with Ben Davies fit again there might be a temptation to turn to the other new boy and make it 18.
Would that be something of a baptism of fire though?
4. The midfield looks stale
If Liverpool are to allow Gini Wijnaldum to leave the club this summer then they are going to do so having run the Dutchman into the ground.
Wijnaldum, a consummate professional to the last, wouldn't have it any other way of course, but Klopp couldn't half do with some more options in his midfield right now as it has begun to look fairly stale.
This would be a game in which he'd love to use Henderson in there but of course he's likely be needed in defence, while the theme of the Reds' season means that other options are unavailable.
5. Even more injuries
It says a lot about Liverpool's season that even when you think there's a bit of positive news then it is quickly snatched away.
The sight of Naby Keita training with the team on Monday had raised hopes that he could be set to return to the fold against his former club in Hungary, only for Klopp to then rule the Guinean out.
Fabinho and James Milner didn't even get as far as that meaning that options are limited for midfield against Leipzig, when it is to be hoped that one man steps up to the plate.
6. The Thiago question
Klopp had clearly hoped to rest Thiago for most if not all of the Leicester game, only for Milner's injury to necessitate his early introduction.
That rest might have been with this game in mind, and he could be a crucial player in the middle of park as the Reds seek to keep both control and their cool in the first leg.
Plenty have been waiting for the Spaniard's statement Liverpool performance, and back up against Bundesliga opposition this would be a pretty good time to deliver it.
7. Time to fully trust in youth?
He's a confident lad and so Curtis Jones might well have pointed out to Klopp that things have gone badly wrong for Liverpool in the last two games shortly after he was substituted.
The youngster has shown a maturity and a calmness in his play during this season, but perhaps his old cocky, swaggering style of play is more of what they need at the moment?
It will be an interesting call to see if he starts in Hungary, and then if he does, how long he stays on for.
8. A maverick call?
Sometimes you just need a player to pull a rabbit out of a hat during bleak periods of form, and there are few more capable of conjuring small mammals out of headgear in the Liverpool squad than Xherdan Shaqiri.
Granted we might not have seen too much of it lately, but there were glimpses of his best in the Champions League earlier this season, and Klopp might just think that this is the sort of game the Swiss could shine in.
9. Gaining an attacking option from the bench
It might seem counter-intuitive to say, but Klopp could pep up his famed front three by leaving one of them out here.
Still denied the services of Diogo Jota, Liverpool have sorely missed an attacking option from the bench to alter both tempo and the flow of the game in recent weeks, and they could certainly have done with doing that as matches got away from them.
Dropping one of the three for a later introduction could be worth a go.
10. An over-reliance on Salah?
That one is unlikely to be Mo Salah though.
He's scored four of Liverpool's last five goals, and if that is too small a sample size for you then you can have seven of the last 11.
The Egyptian's goalscoring has largely stayed at a consistent level this campaign, and while he looks well course to win the Golden Boot for the third time in his four seasons in England, Klopp could do with one or two of his teammates chipping in as well.
When they are at their best Liverpool often look capable of scoring from all angles, but recently they have been nothing like their best.
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