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Liverpool predicted XI tonight: Jurgen Klopp picks £41m man from the off, five teenagers to start

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Liverpool predicted XI tonight: Jurgen Klopp picks £41m man from the off, five teenagers to start

Liverpool are likely to ring the changes as they get their League Cup campaign under way this evening.

Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, who have got their Premier League title defence off to a great start with two wins from two, will head to the East Midlands to face Lincoln.

The game against the League One side – who, like Liverpool, have won their opening two league games – will give Klopp a great opportunity to rotate his squad.

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In goal, Alisson Becker is likely to get the evening off, with second-choice Adrian taking his place.

The four-man defence should also see widescale changes, with summer signing Kostas Tsimikas and 19-year-old academy gem Neco Williams at left-back and right-back respectively.

Although Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders praised 17-year-old Billy Koumetio at the pre-match press conference, Rhys Williams is more likely to get the nod from the off.

Williams, 19, will most likely play alongside 18-year-old Sepp van den Berg, with Koumetio brought on later on in the game.

 

Now for the midfield, which is where much of the experience could be on the night, with Thiago Alcantara in for his full debut and James Milner alongside him, plus 19-year-old Curtis Jones.

Diogo Jota has the ideal game to ease himself into life at Anfield following his £41million move from Wolves so he should get the nod.

The rest of the attack is a little more unpredictable, with Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri the more experienced players who could be given the nod.

That said, we think Takumi Minamino will take the Roberto Firmino role in the middle, while 17-year-old prodigy Harvey Elliott could be given another chance to shine against a senior side.

Liverpool predicted XI: Adrian; N Williams, R Williams, van den Berg, Tsimikas; Milner, Thiago, Jones; Elliott, Minamino, Jota

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