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Jurgen Klopp faces Naby Keita decision as Liverpool ponder defensive change – Liverpool Echo

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Liverpool suffered a fourth successive home Premier League defeat after a dismal result against Everton on Saturday.

The Reds suffered their first Anfield derby defeat in 22 years as they slipped 2-0 against their neighbours.

The Premier League champions now have more than a week to prepare for a tricky assignment at rock-bottom Sheffield United next Sunday evening.

And here we look ahead to the changes Jurgen Klopp could make when his team are next in action.

Defensive options limited

Liverpool are waiting on the results of scans on Jordan Henderson’s suspected groin injury, although it’s almost certain the skipper faces an extended spell on the sidelines alongside Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip.

With doubts continuing over the fitness of Fabinho, Klopp has limited scope for change at the heart of defence.

Ozan Kabak had a tough time against Everton while fellow deadline day signing Ben Davies has yet to kick a ball for the Reds.

Nat Phillips, though, was impressive when replacing the stricken Henderson.

At full-back, both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson are likely to continue, with Neco Williams and Kostas Tsimikas on standby.

Keita to come in?

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Should Fabinho be declared fit, it may well be the Brazilian returns in his more accustomed defensive midfield role.

Gini Wijnaldum, who has been filling in at number six, has appeared jaded of late and has been spotted training separately to the team at Kirkby.

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Curtis Jones and Thiago Alcantara were both substituted on Saturday, with the fit-again Naby Keita pressing for a recall having made the bench.

Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are other options, although James Milner remains hamstrung.

Same again up top

Liverpool may seek a change of formation as they look to address their lack of goalscoring threat.

However, it would be a surprise if they veered much from the usual 4-3-3, with 4-2-3-1 and, as on Saturday in the second half, 4-4-2 the possible alternatives.

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Divock Origi has featured in eight of the last 11 games but only twice as a starter.

It means Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are likely to be asked to go again.

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