Liverpool youngsters Rhian Brewster and Caoimhin Kelleher are in line for their competitive debuts against MK Dons on Wednesday night, according to Goal.
The Reds will play against the League One opposition for the very first time in a competitive contest and a whole host of changes can be expected.
Several fringe players seem likely to earn the opportunity to stake their claim for a place in Jurgen Klopp’s team. Adam Lallana, Xherdan Shaqiri, Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez could all feature.
The two surprise picks could be Kelleher and Brewster though, with both players looking like big stars of the future,
Goalkeeper Kelleher is set to deputise for Adrian who will be protected for the league and Champions League with Alisson Becker still on the treatment table.
The report suggests that no final decision has been made just yet, but it does seem likely that the Ireland youth international will get the nod to start at Stadium MK.
Brewster has been included in Klopp’s matchday squads since the tail end of last season but is yet to make his first competitive debut for the Reds.
The 19-year-old has scored twice for the under-23 so far this season but will hope to make his mark if given a chance in the first-team.
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Klopp’s record in domestic cup competitions isn’t fantastic.
Last season he rang the changes in the FA Cup and was dumped out by Wolves; much to the dismay of the club’s supporters.
MK Dons have won four and lost five of their opening nine matches in the third tier and will be bang up for the tie.
Liverpool supporters have tasted success under Klopp following last season’s Champions League win and they will be hopeful of more silverware.
Brewster has waited patiently for the chance to shine and he will hope to grasp the opportunity.
Kelleher perhaps represents more of a risk given that not too many people will know exactly what he is all about.
Klopp is probably right not to risk Adrian but he will hope his decision to ring the changes doesn’t backfire in embarrassing fashion.