Liverpool Under 23 coach Neil Critchley is in the frame to manage the Reds in their EFL Cup tie against Aston Villa next month, according to the Daily Mail.
The club face the unprecedented situation of playing two matches within 24 hours in different corners of the globe, with the trip to Villa Park coming before the Club World Cup kick-off in Qatar.
The report claims that Jurgen Klopp has not made a definitive decision over whether he will be in the West Midlands for the quarter-final clash, but that it is likely he and first team coach Pep Ljinders will prioritise the game in Asia.
And that leaves 41-year-old Critchey as the next contender to take what is likely to be a very youthful Liverpool side as they seek to beat Villa and book their place in the last four of the EFL Cup.
TBR’s View – Beating Villa in these circumstances would be a sensational achievement
Liverpool’s best side struggled badly to get three points against Villa in the Premier League last weekend, with Sadio Mane’s stoppage time winner keeping the momentum going.
So to take on a side likely to be around full strength, playing for a semi-final spot in the competition which represents their most realistic chance of silverware this season will be a huge ask for Liverpool’s youngsters.
That will be the case no matter who is in the dugout, but of course Critchley would be keen to impress on what would be a proud night if he were the man in the hotseat for one night only.