With Kolo Toure out injured and Mamadou Sakho unlikely to start three games in a row following his return to the starting eleven, it seems fair to wonder if Liverpool have the personnel to run out three at the back against Carlisle United on Wednesday.
According to first team coach Gary McAllister, though, one of the key goals heading into tomorrow's Capital One Cup match is consistency. Not necessarily in players, with a largely changed side expected, but McAllister believes a similar tactical approach to the last two games is important.
"You have got to utilise all the players you have, but we want to get some momentum going as well," said McAllister, who spoke to the media in place of Brendan Rodgers at the pre-match presser. "So we want some stability in the shape and style, and so it will be similar to the weekend."
That likely means a return to action for Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez after the defensive duo sat out the last two games. If the goal is keeping the shape and style that saw a pair of improved Liverpool performances against Bordeaux and Norwich, though, both will be playing as centre halves.
Martin Skrtel could be the third, but having started every game so far this year it seem just as likely Emre Can will move into the backline while youngsters Pedro Chirivella and Jordan Rossiter anchor midfield as they did for much of last week's Europa League tie to largely positive reviews.
Despite the expectation of widespread changes, McAllister knows a win is essential—and against a mid-table League Two side, anything less than a convincing one is likely to go over poorly. Carlisle will be fired up and come out fighting, but Liverpool are heavily favoured for good reason.
"We need to give the fans something to shout about," he said. "It's an ideal game to get a little run going. But we are thoroughly aware it's not going to be easy. They're not going to come here and roll over."
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