The English League Cup quarter finals will be underway on Tuesday, with the fixture of Liverpool vs Leeds United, at the Anfields.
After a hard-fought victory against Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, rampant Reds are set to contest Championship outfit Leeds United in an EFL Cup (also known as League Cup) quarter final fixture on Tuesday night at Anfield.
Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp is set for a wholesale change in his starting XI due to several injury concerns and to keep his regulars fit for weekend trip to Bournemouth. 17-year old attacker Ben Woodburn might be handed his first senior start after a late appearance against the Black Cats what made him the third youngest player to represent the side after Jack Robinson and Jerome Sinclair. Teenagers Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria, too, are expected to start after a commanding pre-quarter final performance against Tottenham Hotspur.
Garry Monk, the newly appointed Leeds United boss, has resurrected the Peacocks (currently fifth in the Championship table) and converted them into a play-off side in just three months. The former Swansea boss is well aware of Reds’ free-scoring football and determined not to be distracted by all the nostalgia when a famous Leeds side used to produce Premier League classics against Liverpool decades back.
Liverpool vs Leeds United Injury Update:
Liverpool are set to miss the service of Brazilian duo Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho with the later set to be sidelined for six weeks due to a major ankle injury against Sunderland. Daniel Sturridge is still out with a calf injury along with Adam Lallana who is unavailable with a groin strain. Youngsters Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo are back in full training following their long-term injuries but striker Danny Ings has suffered another unfortunate injury that has ruled him out for the entire campaign.
Leeds, on the other hand, do not have major injury concerns except young defender Lewie Coyle who is still a few weeks away following his knee injury against Norwich City in EFL Cup last eight fixture.
Liverpool vs Leeds United Probable Line Ups:
Subs: Loris Karius, Nathaniel Clyne, Joel Matip, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Gini Wijnaldum.
Subs: Marco Silvestri, Matt Grimes, Ronaldo Vieira, Alex Mowatt, Stuart Dallas, Marcus Antonsson, Gaetano Berardi.
Kick-off Time: 30th November, 1:15 a.m. IST
Liverpool vs Leeds United Key Players:
Jurgen Klopp will mostly bank on his bench strength but Divock Origi, the young Belgian forward, is expected to start after a stellar match-winning performance against the Black Cats. Also, in-form winger Sadio Mane will be in the squad who can prove to be a game-changer.
Leeds United will rely on their star striker Chris Wood who has been in great goal-scoring form for the Championship outfit.
Liverpool vs Leeds United Stats:
- This will be Liverpool’s fourth meeting with Leeds in the League Cup, having won two and drawn one of the previous three.
- Leeds have lost nine of their last 11 League Cup games against Premier League opposition (W2), including each of the four away games within this period.
- The Reds have progressed from each of their last three League Cup quarter-finals, scoring 11 goals in the process (3.7 per game).
- The Whites have featured in the League Cup quarter-final on seven occasions in their history (W5 L2), though just once post-2000 (in a 5-1 defeat v Chelsea in 2012/13).
- 24 of Liverpool’s last 28 games against Leeds have taken place in the Premier League, where the Reds’ 14 wins is the most inflicted on the Yorkshire side in competition history.
- Jurgen Klopp has won six of his eight League Cup games in charge of Liverpool (D1 L1), and is looking to take his side into the semi-final for the second time in as many seasons.
Liverpool vs Leeds United Managers Speak:
“I have no idea what the team is for tomorrow, we don’t want to rest somebody who doesn’t need a rest. We will see. We need a line-up tomorrow that can stand the intensity. We need to work hard. I don’t have to pick the team until 5pm tomorrow.” – Klopp on his squad rotation.
“We’re under no illusions. It’s a very difficult game for us, they’re an extremely talented side, they’re doing very well in the league and obviously one of the better teams across European football. It’s a great challenge, that’s how we have to look at it. Our young players have a bit of freedom to go there. We’re under no pressure, the odds are against us, but we have good belief in ourselves.” – Confident Monk in pre-match press conference.
Latest Form (In All Competitions):
Leeds United: W-L-W-W-D-W
Betting Odds (Subject to Change):
Liverpool: 2/7, Draw: 11/2, Leeds United: 10/1
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