We got to see some pretty unusual starting lineups from Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers today.
Indeed, Liverpool and Leicester could hardly be able to fill their benches at Anfield due to an absurd number of absurdities.
The Champions welcome the league leaders in what should be a fascinating game, but it will largely be makeshift lineups for both teams – especially in defense.
Both teams could do without nearly all of their first-choice fullbacks – and for the Reds, the problems don’t end there.
It was an international break from hell for Jurgen Klopp, who almost predicted it by hitting the match schedule before the players left.
So, assuming they don’t have to call on Jimmy from the bottom of the road, here’s how the two sides could line up on Sunday …
How Liverpool should line up
It was Virgil van Dijk first, and since then Fabinho, Thiago, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold have all been sidelined.
To make matters worse, Mohamed Salah tested positive for COVID-19 again, excluding him from Sunday’s game.
With Neco Williams, Rhys Williams and skipper Jordan Henderson also in potential doubts after the international break, now is not the best time to welcome the first Leicester beaters to Anfield.
Still, such is the depth of the Premier League champions team, they can still field a pretty tasty XI …
How Leicester should line up
The foxes are also not in great shape.
They could well probably miss all of their five top-choice full-backs – Kasper Schmeichel, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu, Wesley Fofana and Timothy Castagne – and with Liverpool’s well-documented defensive absentees, it could be goals galore.
Pereira, Fofana and Castagne have been pictured training, giving Leicester hope, while Wilfried Ndidi could also return for shock.
Their attack went unscathed during the international break, and players like Jamie Vardy and James Maddison will imagine themselves against a makeshift defense from Liverpool.
Goalkeeper Danny Ward could also make his Premier League debut … more than two YEARS after joining Leicester in the summer of 2018.