With tired legs and injuries impacting Liverpool at multiple positions, the Reds were always going to start a few youth players against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. The only question was which ones, and it turns out fans won't have to wait for the teamsheets to be released to find out.
According to the Liverpool Echo, there will be starts for Joao Carlos Teixeira, Connor Randall, and Cameron Brannagan. All three have reportedly impressed new manager Jürgen Klopp since he arrived at the club two weeks ago, and as a result all three have been tabbed for their first starts of the season.
For 20-year-old right back Randall, it will be his first senior appearance, with Liverpool's lack of depth at the fullback position giving the local talent being a chance to show what he can do in place of Nathaniel Clyne, whose performances have dipped as he's shown signs of exhaustion in recent weeks.
Randall getting a start, despite the fact Clyne clearly needs a break, is a mild surprise. Less surprising is that Brannagan will start somewhere in the midfield after Klopp spent a portion of his pre-match press conference singling out the 19-year-old for praise. He previously made a substitute appearance against Bordeaux.
Least surprising, perhaps, is that there will also be a first start at Anfield for Teixeira. After recovering from a string of serious injuries, the now 22-year-old spent last season on loan with Brighton & Hove Albion, where he scored six goals in 35 appearances and was named young player of the year.
Many Liverpool fans had high hopes for him heading into the season, particularly following a few strong showings in pre-season, but with the player not able to make the cut for the Europa League squad it appeared he wasn't going to be in former manager Brendan Rodgers' plans for the season.
While Brannagan is expected to come on either for the suspended James Milner or to give Emre Can a breather in a midfield likely to be anchored by Joe Allen, Teixeira will be given a more attacking role, perhaps coming in for the struggling Philippe Coutinho.
Connor Randall, Cameron Brannagan and Joao Carlos Teixeira all start for #LFC v Bournemouth tonight.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) October 28, 2015