By Harvey Byrne
Charlie Nicholas has predicted Liverpool will have to wait until extra-time to beat Championship side Burton in the EFL Cup second round on Tuesday.
Nicholas has predicted the match to go to the wire with the two sides having leaky defences and is convinced Jurgen Klopp has taken a “risk” by failing to sign a top-class defender.
Liverpool suffered a shock 2-0 defeat against Burnley on the weekend, after beating Arsenal 4-3 on the opening day.
Burton have also had an inconsistent campaign scoring nine goals, while conceding nineexplain goals in their opening four matches, tabling one win, two losses and a draw.
The Soccer Saturday pundit believes that the Reds are suffering the same consequences as Arsenal, after he expected Jurgen Klopp to go out and sign a top defender with pace and authority.
“It’s been the same old Liverpool, with great spells and defensive problems,” Nicholas wrote in his Sky Sports column. “They had a great 15 minutes at Arsenal but they weren’t brilliant in general and I’ve been surprised by Jurgen Klopp’s defensive signings.
“I expected him to go out and sign a top defender with pace and authority but, just like Arsenal, they’ve taken a risk and seem to be suffering the consequences.
“Burton are a great story. Nigel Clough has typically been quite a defensive manager but he seems to have decided to have a go for it season and there’s plenty of goals in them.
“They like a comeback but they’re also susceptible to letting a lead slip so it should be an interesting one. I’m expecting this to go right to the wire and I can see them taking Liverpool to extra-time.”
This is the first time that Liverpool will play Burton Albion competitively in the two club’s history.
The Reds made it to the final of the competition last year, but they suffered a 3-1 defeat on penalties against Manchester City after the match tied at 1-1 in normal time.
Meanwhile, their opponents Burton lost 2-1 in extra-time at the second round stage last season against Middlesbrough.
Klopp will be keen to win his first silverware in charge of Liverpool, after the club also lost in the Europa League final last season at the hands of Sevilla.
In other Liverpool news, Kevin Stewart has revealed he was relieved after leaving Tottenham in 2014.