Liverpool resume their stuttering Premier League campaign this weekend with a home fixture against Reading, who have suffered a tough start to life in the top flight and are without a win from their six games thus far.
The Reds have only picked up one win themselves—but will be hopeful of doubling that tally with a win at Anfield over the newly promoted team.
Coming just three days after most senior players should return from international duty, manager Brendan Rodgers might find he has several of his preferred first XI struggling to be 100 percent match fit for the game.
Daniel Agger has notoriously struggled to play too many consecutive games and has been in the Denmark side twice over the past week, while Martin Skrtel suffered a knock playing for Slovakia.
Pepe Reina (in the half-time warmup vs. France) also needs to undergo fitness examinations while England under-21 duo Jack Robinson and Andre Wisdom missed the second-leg victory at Serbia.
For England, Glen Johnson and Steven Gerrard saw their match postponed because of bad weather and may have to play one day later—and Luis Suarez and Seb Coates both have to contend with long journeys from South America after being in the high altitude city of La Paz for Uruguay's defeat to Bolivia.
With limited senior players in reserve to call on, it might be that Rodgers plans to dip into the impressive pool of talent from Liverpool's under 18 and under 21 squads—and here are five players who might get the call to help out the first team this weekend.