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But as so often the case this season, the Reds may have to find a way to earn the three points when not able to field anything like their strongest XI. Klopp has to negotiate fitness worries over a number of key players, not to mention the prospect of a Carabao Cup final with Chelsea this Sunday at Wembley, as he bids to keep alive his ambitions of landing the title in his final season in charge.

In goal, it seems certain that Caoimhin Kelleher will again get the nod, with No.1 choice Alisson Becker currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. Kelleher has also again been the chosen keeper for the League Cup matches again in the 2023/24 campaign, so the German boss can at least thrive on continuity in selection after he also played in the 4-1 win at Brentford on Saturday.

Defensively Klopp is also restricted with Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip both ruled out. Conor Bradley returned on the weekend after a period of compassionate leave, but with him almost guaranteed a starting berth at Wembley, Klopp may consider playing Joe Gomez in a bid to keep the 20-year-old fresh.

Midfield selection is also a headache, with Curtis Jones limping off in London on Saturday, joining an injury list that already contains Thiago Alcantara, Stefan Bajcetic, Ben Doak and Dominik Szoboszlai. It could mean a start for Ryan Gravenberch alongside Wataru Endo and Alexis Mac Allister.

One thing Liverpool aren’t short of is a dearth of attacking talent, and just as well after Darwin Nunez came off at half-time at the Gtech Community Stadium. But in a seemingly bigger blow, the in-form Diogo Jota was stretchered off and is now almost certain to be out for the forseeable future.

Mohamed Salah is also a serious doubt due to fatigue. That could mean a brand new front three with Harvey Elliott on the right wing, Cody Gakpo through the middle and Luis Diaz on the left. Klopp will at least hope he can call upon Salah off the bench for 30 minutes or so.

In an ideal world for the Reds, the three points will be in the bag midway through the second half, allowing the manager to make early changes and rest weary legs. But with Luton already renowned for fighting to the final whistle, the reality is Klopp will have to take risks in a re-arranged game he could no doubt so without.

Predicted Liverpool XI: Kelleher; Gomez, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Endo, Gravenberch, Mac Allister; Diaz, Gakpo, Elliott


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