Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to hand fringe players more minutes in upcoming fixtures.
The Champions League and Premier League winning boss is set to face one of the tricky periods of his time at the club with Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Andy Robertson about injured.
Although the full-backs are set to return to action shortly, Klopp could be forced to start an entirely second-choice defence for the clash against Leicester City on Sunday.
Despite the obvious difficulties, for some players it could prove to be a defining period.
The Athletic have reported that the current situation will provide opportunities to players who wouldn’t be involved in normal circumstances – and should they impress it would be seen as a postive development.
Klopp has been left fuming by the recent heavy schedule, and spent time having a conversation with England boss Gareth Southgate after the recent serious injury suffered by Gomez.
Southgate said last week on ITV: "I had a long chat with Jurgen, we're all worried about player welfare.
"To lose a player in the way we did – for us and Liverpool, but most importantly for the boy – was really tragic.
"I said to him, 'There needs to be a look at the calendar'. We've got to try and lessen the load as much as we can for the players."
When asked how Klopp reacted to the update, he added: "Unfortunately the injury was so unique in how it happened, we know it was just a consequence of the number of games really.
"Wherever he had been, there is a chance that could have happened. So, we were on the same page. We think the welfare of the players is critical."
Klopp had said ahead of the international break: "I spoke about two weeks ago, a meeting with a person at the Premier League who organised the fixtures. We cannot change it.
“It is not about Manchester United, Liverpool and City. These things should not happen.
"The Premier League needs to fulfil more the position of the unity of the players. Usually, in the season we all have a November and December.
“This year the October is like a December, the November is like a December and the December is still like a December."
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