The Reds second string bested top opposition in the last round of the EFL cup, as Tottenham Hotspurs' B-team were vanquished 2-1 at Anfield, and now former foes Leeds United are coming to town. Liverpool are on a tremendous streak of results, going fourteen games unbeaten in all competitions, and will be hoping to keep riding that train into the semifinals of the cup.
Former Premier League powerhouse Leeds aren’t doing too badly themselves, winning three of their last four - only falling to Rafalutionised league leaders Newcastle - and sitting fifth in the Championship. The lean heavily on the production of Kiwi target man Chris Wood, who has notched 13 goals in all competitions, absolutely crucial for a side who have won by more than one goal on only three occasions this year. Other than Wood, there are few familiar faces in former England goalkeeper Robert Green and former Swansea winger Pablo Hernandéz both possessing significant top level experience. Former Swansea manager Garry Monk will be conducting from the dugout.
The Peacocks enter the quarter-final stage having beaten fellow Championship side Norwich on penalties, the second of their cup wins to have required a shootout to decide a winner.
Despite a rivalry in the 90s and early 2000s, the two sides haven’t met since a League Cup tie in 2009, with David N'Gog providing the only goal on that occasion. Leeds last beat Liverpool in April 2001, eight meetings ago.
For Liverpool (4-3-3):
Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Klavan, Moreno
Grujic, Henderson, Can
Ejaria, Origi, Woodburn
It’s a quick turnaround for either everyone, as both teams played on Saturday. Jürgen Klopp showed a willingness to make big changes in the last round, and is likely to do so again. Mignolet will spell Karius in goal, while the hugely impressive Trent Alexander-Arnold should be given another chance to display his talents. Injuries to Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana will force the Liverpool manager's hand in midfield, and starts for Marko Grujic, Ovie Ejaria, and Divock Origi are likely. With Daniel Sturridge not yet in training, it could also mean a start for young Ben Woodburn.
Kickoff is set for 7:45PM BST/2:45PM EST on Tuesday from Anfield, with the game set to be carried live in the UK on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Go, and in the United States on beIN Sports. Full listings for tomorrow’s EFL Cup tie as well as all other upcoming Liverpool games can be found at LivesoccerTV.
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