Jurgen Klopp will have something of a selection headache for the remaining months of the season, a problem the Liverpool boss will no doubt be grateful to have.
After losing several players to injury, COVID-19 and the Africa Cup of Nations in recent weeks, things are looking up.
Klopp will have to find a way to keep all of Liverpool’s attacking talents happy as they battle it out on four fronts.
That strength in depth can be the difference between winning trophies and missing out in the final weeks and months of the 2021/22 campaign.
Win their game in hand and the Reds will be just six points behind Premier League rivals Man City.
They are also in the Carabao Cup final, have Inter Milan in the Champions League round of 16 and face Norwich in the FA Cup fifth round.
With thick and fast matches ahead, Klopp will need all the help he can get and reinforcements are returning.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane will be back after their exploits in the Africa Cup of Nations, with the duo meeting in the final.
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Harvey Elliott has just returned from a serious ankle injury and dazzled after coming off the bench against Cardiff in the FA Cup, scoring his first senior goal for the club.
Then there’s the addition of Luis Diaz, who completed a £37m move from Porto during the January transfer window.
And don’t forget Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino, who held the fort admirably while Mane and Salah were at AFCON.
The million dollar question for Klopp is how he fits the six into his team and how he rotates.
Mane and Salah, depending on their fitness when they return, are likely to be the mainstays of the XIs, with the other four revolving around them.
Here at talkSPORT.com we looked at how they might line up in these scenarios
With Diaz and Elliott
Luis Diaz usually plays on the left, which means Mane moves inside in a false role of nine.
Salah takes his usual place on the right, with Elliott playing behind Mane in the number 10 role.
The super-talented 18-year-old came on against Cardiff and took a position on the right, but Klopp has already talked about Elliott as a midfielder.
“In midfield we have players with a lot of experience, like Thiago, Fabinho, Henderson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita”,Klopp told Norwegian channel TV2 in August. “Plus, we have exciting young boys in Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones.”
With Firmino and Jota
This formation will be more familiar to Liverpool fans with the much-vaunted three previews of Mane, Firmino and Salah devastating defenses across Europe in recent seasons.
To bring Jota into the line-up, he would play right next to Firmino and often played in the middle with Mane and Salah when the Brazilian was unavailable.
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