Liverpool will meet Leicester City in round three of the newly-christened Carabao Cup – formerly the EFL Cup – just four days before they meet again at the King Power in the Premier League on Saturday.
Both managers are expected to make wholesale changes, with the competition low down on the list of priorities for both sides.
One such change could see Danny Ings make a return to first-team action for Liverpool having spent some time with the under-23 side; he is likely to come off the bench if he does feature, and was left out of under-23 duty on Monday night with the Tuesday game in mind.
Other players such as Dominic Solanke – who came close to winning the game against Burnley on Saturday when he hit the crossbar – and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are likely to be given the chance to impress from the start. Danny Ward will be Liverpool’s goalkeeper.
Jon Flanagan could also make his first appearance for Liverpool since May 2016, having been on loan at Burnley last season, but with so few matches under his belt, is likely to be on the bench.
Leicester will also make changes to the side that drew 1-1 away at Huddersfield at the weekend, with the likes of Islam Slimani and Eldin Jakupovic potentially in line for a start.
Jurgen Klopp appeared to confirm that he will give some players a first start of the season.
On Solanke, he said, “He takes each minute as an opportunity. He’s full of joy and quality”.
So impressive was Solanke in pre-season that Klopp opted to let Divock Origi leave on loan for Wolfsburg.
On Oxlade-Chamberlain, who will make his first start for his new club, the manager said, “[The game] is a fantastic opportunity for Alex. He had a wonderful impact on the last game.
He added, “It [also] makes sense for Flanno (Jon Flanagan) to be at least in the squad”.
It also sounds as if Marko Grujic will get a chance to impress, with Klopp saying, “[He] has made a big step in his development but no-one could see it yet as he hasn’t played. It’s good to give him the chance”.
It might not be the first priority for either team, but the Carabao Cup provides the first opportunity to win a trophy in the season, and both will be keen to progress.
For Liverpool in particular, trophies are important and expected, and even though Klopp insists that he doesn’t feel the pressure to deliver them, another year without silverware would surely place huge strain on him in future.
“I’m not sure if there is pressure on us. I don’t feel pressure, I feel opportunity. I feel the chance to do something really good,” he said.
It also provides an opportunity to bed in a number of fringe players – Ben Woodburn, for example, burst onto the scene last season with a goal against Leeds United in this competition. He is likely to feature here too.
Philippe Coutinho, desperately lacking match fitness, could also start as he bids to regain form following a sustained period on the sideline.
WHEN DOES THE GAME KICK OFF?
The match starts at 19:45 BST and is live on Sky Sports in the UK.
WHO IS THE REFEREE?
Stuart Attwell – when he first refereed a Premier League game in 2008, he became the youngest ever official in the top flight, but the record has since been broken by Michael Oliver.
He then dropped down after a promising start and has begun to work his way back up the refereeing ladder once again, taking charge of a few Premier League games again over the last few months.
Attwell has refereed Liverpool five times with the Reds winning three and drawing two. He has officiated Leicester six times and they have lost all six.
Liverpool have not won away at Leicester in all competitions since December 2014, when Adam Lallana, Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson were on the score sheet, coming from behind to win 3-1.
Liverpool: Ward; Gomez, Lovren, Klavan, Robertson; Henderson, Grujic, Coutinho; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Solanke, Woodburn
Leicester: Jakupovic; Simpson, Dragovic, Benalouane, Chilwell; King, Iborra, Ndidi; Musa, Slimani, Gray
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