With a disappointing 2-2 draw in their first attempt, Liverpool granted League Two side Exeter City a replay at Anfield this Wednesday in the FA Cup third round. That first game came during an injury crisis that left Liverpool with no senior center-backs and very few options, forcing Jürgen Klopp to field an inexperienced team of youngsters and recalled loanees. Two weeks later, Liverpool's squad has recovered somewhat, but Klopp is expected to stick with a similar XI this time around.
While very few people around Liverpool will be happy with the team needing to fit another game into their already tight schedule, it is good news for the young players who impressed the first time around and who will be looking to get more first team experience at Anfield. Players such as Cameron Brannagan, Brad Smith, Connor Randall, and Ryan Kent have likely earned another chance to show their worth on the pitch -- and this time hopefully achieve the right result.
This may also be the last time we see a few players suiting up for the Reds. Adam Bogdan, who, after his disastrous performance two weeks ago, seems to have been overtaken by the recalled Danny Ward as Liverpool's substitute goalkeeper, will have one more crack at Exeter City on Wednesday. Ward is ineligible to play in this match because he wasn't registered with the team for the first game. Ditto Steven Caulker, who will have to wait a bit longer before getting a run out in his chosen position for the Reds.
The other player Liverpool fans may see for the final time on Wednesday is the 19-year-old striker Jerome Sinclair, whose desire to leave the club has been well-publicized. If he stays through the end of the season to go on a free transfer, as is rumored, then he may make a few more appearances, but that largely depends on the outcome of this match and if Liverpool continue on in the FA Cup. And if Jose Enrique gets another opportunity, then surely, surely that'll be the last we'll see of him.
Randall/ Ilori/ Toure/ Smith
Kent/ Brannagan/ Allen/ Teixeira/
It may be a lot to ask for Kolo Toure to play another game so soon, but with Dejan Lovren close to returning to the squad, Klopp will want to keep him and Sakho safe for the games ahead. While Kevin Stewart did well the last time around, with more choices available to Klopp in the midfield, he may elect to include Joe Allen as a senior presence in the center of the pitch. The rest of the team is likely to stay the same, though it's possible we see Jordon Ibe, who hasn't been getting many first team minutes as of late, in place of Benteke.
Unavailable for this match due to injury will be Jordan Rossiter, Daniel Sturridge, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren, Danny Ings, Philippe Coutinho, and Joe Gomez. Jon Flanagan isn't fit to start but will make the bench and could come on in the second half if the game allows it.
If Liverpool win on Wednesday, they are slated to take on West Ham United on January 30th in the fourth round. Considering the horror show that the last two matches against the Hammers have been, this is a draw that will make some Liverpool fans wary.
Kickoff is set for 8:00PM GMT/3:00PM EST Wednesday. Television coverage will be on BT Sport 2 in the UK and Fox Sports 2 for the US. Elsewhere, ESPN Australia in Australia, Sportsnet World Now in Canada, Sony Six SD/Sony Six HD in India, SuperSport 5 Africa in Kenya, Eleven Malaysia in Malaysia, and Eleven Singapore in Singapore are carrying the match. You can find other listings at LiveSoccerTV. Online streaming is also available with Fox Sports 2Go in the USA. For Online radio, fans worldwide can check out BBC Radio, LFCTV GO and TalkSport Radio World.
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