Throughout this season, much has been made of Liverpool’s apparent lack of strength in depth, and Jurgen Klopp has now reached a stage where the faith he has placed in some of his players needs to be repaid.
Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane have arguably been Liverpool’s two best players this season but while Lallana could potentially be back by the start of May, his offensive teammate has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
The Senegalese forward has contributed 13 goals in 27 league appearances during the current campaign so he will inevitably be missed, but it hands an opportunity to Divock Origi to deputise after eight months of being in and out of the side.
So far, the young Belgian has chipped in with goals in his last two appearances, but it remains to be seen whether he can continue to contribute as the club look to maintain their hopes of achieving a place in next season’s Champions League.
Much has been made of Liverpool not having to play any of the league’s top seven sides for the rest of the season, but it is in games against the so-called lesser sides where problems have been encountered, and Klopp needs his players to demonstrate that they can raise their performance against opposition in the bottom half of the table.