A storm has descended on Anfield in recent months, with Jurgen Klopp having to manage an unprecedented crisis in the heart of his defence.
Not only have his centre-backs suffered injuries, but they are season-ending problems which have forced the Reds into deploying midfielders instead, with those stand-ins also encountering issues of late.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, with Naby Keita, Fabinho and Diogo Jota all due to return soon as the business end of the campaign approaches.
The trio are capable of offering a much needed boost to a group that have appeared tired, stale and somewhat out of ideas since Christmas, and they will present Klopp with valuable options to mix things up.
Of the 18 Premier League games in which Fabinho has featured in this season, only four have involved him playing in his primary role as a holding midfielder.
Before Ozan Kabak made his debut against Leicester, the Brazilian got injured and Ben Davies – who arrived from Preston in January – is yet to feature for the Reds.
Fabinho could technically enter the fray as a midfielder again now that Klopp has the option to use Kabak and Davies behind him, or potentially Kabak and Nat Phillips, who has been fairly reliable when called upon.
In terms of Keita, the Guinean midfielder should certainly take care of the staleness that has emerged, with Pep Ljinders once describing what he does on the pitch by saying: “He adds unpredictability to our build-up.”
Keita is more inclined to carry and dribble with the ball than any other teammate, and he possesses naturally offensive qualities which will help Liverpool’s cause in the final third as they seek to open up defences.