Liverpool have been far from faultless this season, but they will be hoping that two vital players can immediately return to form. Jürgen Klopp will be aware of one excuse
With the January transfer window rapidly approaching, many Liverpool fans’ thoughts have already turned to the potential of Jürgen Klopp adding to his squad.
That position is not without justification, of course, with the Reds’ inconsistent start to the season providing ample proof that changes are absolutely necessary.
While additions should remain at the forefront of the club’s mind as they attempt to address early-season blunders, it is also critical that alternative pathways to short-term progress are investigated.
And one of the most important is getting the club’s existing players back to their peak form in the coming weeks.
To be sure, the list of stars who fell short of their own high standards prior to the World Cup is vast, but there are just two whose participation in that event was frequently identified as the sole cause.
So, whether he was conscious of it or not, it is easy to believe that he feared another fitness issue would derail his dream of captaining his country in Qatar, or that any such concerns would present themselves in slightly shaky performances.
The same can be said regarding Fabinho, despite the fact that it was widely anticipated that he would not play a significant role in Brazil’s campaign.
Tite’s men were pre-tournament favourites to win, so even those who were unable to play every game will have been keen to avoid an injury that could have cost them a winner’s medal.
If things go as planned upon the pair’s return, they have a good possibility of outperforming even the biggest January acquisition in terms of impact on the rest of the season.