Liverpool: Championship side in EFL Cup; new contracts for youngsters; Chelsea wanted midfielder
Liverpool have been rewarded for their victory over Tottenham Hotspur with a home tie against Championship side Leeds United in the EFL Cup in the quarter-final stage. It will be the first meeting between the two sides since 2009 in the same competition, and represents the third club from the second tier to have taken on Jurgen Klopp and his team this season in the EFL Cup.
The tie is, on paper, the easiest of all the possibilities. Gary Monk will now head to Anfield at the end of November with both sides’ eyes firmly set on the prize of the two legged semi-final which awaits the winner before a trip to Wembley, where Liverpool were unsuccessful in their final against Manchester City last season.
The Reds are likely to once again field a rotated line-up featuring a number of top young players, such as 23-year-old Kevin Stewart who is on the fringes of the first team squad. His fine form is expected to be recognised with a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2021, claim the Daily Mail.
Other youngsters such as Trent Alexander-Arnold, who made his debut on Tuesday night, and Ben Woodburn are also set to put pen to paper on new deals which will see their futures secured by the club for a number of years to come as they progress from the youth teams into the first team under Klopp.
The Mirror claim that another such player, Marko Grujic, was wanted by Chelsea only for Liverpool to beat the Blues to the signature of the Serbian. The 21-year-old has impressed in his early displays in Liverpool colours, and it’s believed that Grujic was recommended to transfer advisors at Stamford Bridge but Jose Mourinho’s sacking complicated the deal.
That allowed Liverpool to make their move and secure the services of the Golden Boy award nominee. With a number of cup and substitute appearances already this season, Grujic will now want to push on and secure a first team place.
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