Depth is the word on many Liverpool fans' lips these days as a sudden rash of injuries spreads through the team. Liverpool are comfortably playing one match per week at the moment, with an international break on the horizon, but come September things are about to get very busy.
Perhaps least of the club's concerns is the League Cup, the third round of which takes place the week of September 21. The draw for the third round took place on Friday evening, and Liverpool were handed a predictably easy opponent.
Carlisle currently languish in League 2, English football's fourth division, which means that it might be an obvious opportunity to play the youth. But Carlisle defeated Queens Park Rangers 2-1 at Loftus Road to advance to the third round, and Liverpool fans will have other early exits from the competition as a warning to take lower division opposition seriously.
Complicating Liverpool's fixture list is their first Europa League tie of the season taking place the week before, which could require travel to the outer reaches of Europe if Liverpool are handed an away fixture to kick off their group stage action. It's a conundrum the best managers in the world must solve every season, and if Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool are to have any success this season, it's one they'll have to find a way to mitigate as well.