Liverpool have, err, not a great number of available defenders right now. Joe Gomez and Joel Matip are out. Trent Alexander-Arnold has picked up a knock. Nathaniel Clyne hasn’t played since the Cretacious Period.
Not a concern for Jürgen Klopp, though.
“It’s our situation, it’s a crisis is if you feel it’s a crisis”, Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.
“With Trent it’s not as serious as the other two boys [Gomez and Matip] but absolutely not top class news, that’s clear.
“It was unlucky, especially with Joel, the last second of the game. I had no idea about it. I didn’t see him on the pitch because I spoke to Carlo. Rehab has started, same for Joe.
”For Trent, it’s day by day. It’s not cool but as long as we have enough players, it’s our job to find the solution for the weekend. But of course, it’s not perfect.
“[Nathaniel Clyne] was injured two three weeks, nothing serious but serious enough to be out of training. Luckily, three four days he’s been in full training. Is he ready for 90 minutes, I don’t know. Is he ready? Yes.
”Clyne is a very experienced player. Is it perfect, no? Is he experienced enough to do it? Yes, 100%. We have options, we will not push Clyne through after not the longest spell of training.
”We have young guns, we have Rafa Camacho who played outstandingly well in pre-season, even Curtis Jones, they both played against United. We have other options.
”As long as we have options, everything is fine, if we don’t have the obvious option then we need to be creative. Hopefully we don’t have to be creative too often because it’s never a good sign for the squad depth.”
While Klopp is hardly going to criticise the players he has available (unlike a certain Portuguese manager), he is right in that there are always solutions to be found. It may not always be ideal, but Liverpool should still have the players to carry the side over into the New Year.