Revised LFC Depth Chart

Goalkeeper
  1. Mignolet - appears to have won the #1 spot
  2. Karius - probably will see him in League Cup and FA Cup competitions
  3. Ward - may see him in League Cup and FA Cup competitions
Central Defense
  1. Lovren
  2. Matip
  3. Klavan
  4. Gomez - central or wide defense? Or what ever is needed?
Southampton is playing hard ball so VVD doesn't appear to be transferring to LFC. Southampton's business model is to sell the players they develop so the posturing is probably to drive up the price. But it is a high priced game of chicken if they overdo it they could get stuck with an unhappy player. In all likelihood, they will probably sell him to the highest bidder NOT named Liverpool. It seems there is some animus against LFC specifically because of all the talent LFC have raided from Southampton. Wonder if Klopp has another player or two they have been looking at. I think central defense could use a little more support and competition for starting spots.

Wide Defense
  1. Alexander-Arnold - the start he got for Champions League reveals how high he is viewed by Klopp
  2. Moreno - despite lapses in defensive half, Klopp likes the offensive spark he can give
  3. Clyne (injured) - will be interesting how often he gets in when fully recovered
  4. Gomez - central or wide defense? Or what ever is needed?
  5. Robertson - one of the summer transfers but how often he gets in is an open question
Midfield
  1. Coutinho (injured) - when healthy and if he stays, he starts
  2. Lallana (injured) - when healthy, he starts
  3. Henderson
  4. Can
  5. Wijnaldum
  6. Milner - looks like he is no longer left back and as a player 30+ years old, his role maybe to come in at 60 or 75 to provide stabilizing experience in the midfield to help close out games.
  7. Grujic - looks to be a sub and for domestic cup competitions
Lallana/Henderson/Can/Wijnaldum combinations add up to a B+ midfield assuming Lallana eventual return from injury and Coutinho moves to Barcelona. LFC does need to find a solution to take their midfield into another level. Naby Keita hasn't been sold yet and Leipzig are continuing to play hardball. But if a huge offer comes in for Coutinho, LFC may turn around and "overpay" to get Keita. Wonder if Klopp has another player or two they have been looking at. With the high energy offense Klopp operates, the midfielders can and do wear down during the long season as reflected by the revolving door of injuries during Klopp's two seasons at the helm. 

Forward
  1. Firmino
  2. Mane
  3. Salah
  4. Solanke - will be interesting to see who Klopp picks for the XI for the next match since the top three forwards started two matches in four days and may benefit from some time off before the all important leg 2 against Hoffenheim next week.
  5. Origi
  6. Sturridge (injured)
The guys over at USAnfield.com make the excellent observation that LFC transfer window activity will be given a major boost if (when!) Liverpool defeat Hoffenheim next week to qualify into the group stage of Champions League. With the guarantee of more Champions League games (and the corresponding publicity and revenue), LFC will open up the checkbook and players will be eager to go to LFC.

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