Liverpool predicted line-up v PNE: Klopp makes 11 changes as 'all-action' 18-year-old gets start
Liverpool will be hoping to follow up their amazing weekend Premier League win by reaching the Carabao Cup quarter-finals tonight.
The Reds will be heading to Preston for their fourth-round tie, and the likelihood is Jurgen Klopp will ring the changes.
Klopp has often used the cup competitions to give fringe players and academy talents competitive minutes.
Liverpool have a couple of injury and illness problems that will force the Reds manager’s hand further.
Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is a doubt through illness, while James Milner, Naby Keita, Fabinho, Thiago Alcantara, Harvey Elliott and Kaide Gordon have injuries or knocks of varying degrees.
With all this in mind, who could Klopp pick in his starting line-up tonight?
We predict Klopp will change every single player in his team against Preston – but that’s not to say it won’t be an experienced, dangerous side.
In goal, Adrian is likely to be given a rare start in wake of Kelleher’s likely absence through illness.
The defence is likely to see an overhaul, giving the big guns a rest ahead of a quick turnaround in games.
Neco Williams, Joe Gomez, Nat Phillips and Kostas Tsimikas are all high-quality players who could do with more game time.
In midfield, Klopp only has three fit senior players – Jordan Henderson, Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Henderson is likely to get a rest, so we predict that Jones and Oxlade-Chamberlain will get the nod alongside Tyler Morton.
The 18-year-old “all-action midfielder” has been shining for the Under-23s and impressed on his senior debut against Norwich in the cup.
And up front, we predict that Takumi Minamino, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane will come in for Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool predicted starting XI v Preston (4-3-3): Adrian; Williams, Gomez, Phillips, Tsimikas; Morton, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Jones; Minamino, Origi, Mane
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