Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp accepts he cannot use their injury list as an excuse for results.
With Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez both recovering from respective knee surgeries, Klopp also headed into action without Thiago Alcantara, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker.
"We still want to win the game actually and I think pretty much most of the people think we have to win the game.
"You can see that when you speak before or after the game, people don't talk 'oh he's not available, he's not available'.
"Nobody really allows you to use that situation as an excuse and we don't. We don't.
"The situation is tough, 100 per cent, but we are on match-day nine or 10 and it feels quite long but it is not even a third of the season.
"So who cares where in the moment [we are]? We try to play football, we've won some games, drawn in others, lost one, massively, and that's the job."