A storm has descended on Anfield in recent months, with Jurgen Klopp having to manage an unprecedented crisis in the heart of his defence.
Not only have his centre-backs suffered injuries, but they are season-ending problems which have forced the Reds into deploying midfielders instead, with those stand-ins also encountering issues of late.
However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel, with Naby Keita, Fabinho and Diogo Jota all due to return soon as the business end of the campaign approaches.
The trio are capable of offering a much needed boost to a group that have appeared tired, stale and somewhat out of ideas since Christmas, and they will present Klopp with valuable options to mix things up.
Of the 18 Premier League games in which Fabinho has featured in this season, only four have involved him playing in his primary role as a holding midfielder.
Before Ozan Kabak made his debut against Leicester, the Brazilian got injured and Ben Davies – who arrived from Preston in January – is yet to feature for the Reds.
Fabinho could technically enter the fray as a midfielder again now that Klopp has the option to use Kabak and Davies behind him, or potentially Kabak and Nat Phillips, who has been fairly reliable when called upon.
In terms of Keita, the Guinean midfielder should certainly take care of the staleness that has emerged, with Pep Ljinders once describing what he does on the pitch by saying: “He adds unpredictability to our build-up.”
Keita is more inclined to carry and dribble with the ball than any other teammate, and he possesses naturally offensive qualities which will help Liverpool’s cause in the final third as they seek to open up defences.
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It is Jota’s presence, though, that supporters are likely to value the most.
The Portuguese forward has been out since the end of the Champions League group stages and without him, the Reds haven’t been the same.
Aside from the dramatic 7-0 hammering of Crystal Palace, Liverpool have failed to catch fire with both Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino in particular underperforming expectations.
Based largely on their shot locations in the Premier League this season, Firmino should have scored roughly 3.8 goals more than he actually has, while Mane has underperformed by 3.5 goals.
That places the Liverpool duo behind only Kevin De Bruyne this season for players who have underperformed the most in front of goal, with the Belgian having scored 5.3 goals fewer than expected for Manchester City.
Before his injury, Jota proved to be a difference maker, and he was actually overperforming expectations in the league, meaning that he found the net more times than the average player would have once presented with the same shots.
As well as providing a clinical edge which has been lacking, the Portuguese will also offer some much needed flexibility in attack, with Klopp able to switch things up by using 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1.
Overall, in addition to the inevitable psychological boost that the team will receive from the reinforcements, their return should also allow the English champions to differentiate and regain a degree of the explosiveness that has served them so well in the past.
Liverpool will remain a wounded animal until the centre of defence is repaired, but at least moving forward, the Reds should also be able to pose their own dangerous threat.