By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Divock Origi, Adam Lallana and Joe Allen are among those pressing for a recall to the Liverpool team on Wednesday night.
Dejan Lovren and Jon Flanagan are also in contention to start as Jurgen Klopp prepares to ring the changes for the Premier League clash with Manchester City at Anfield.
Klopp revealed on Tuesday that Lucas Leiva is sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho are also both major doubts for the second fixture in four days against Manuel Pellegrini’s team.
The Liverpool manager has made only minor tweaks to what has been a settled team in the last four matches but that is likely to change following Sunday’s agonising shootout defeat to City in the League Cup final.
Origi and Lallana were introduced late on in normal time at Wembley and both are likely to be pushing for a start after impressing.
Allen could return to the midfield, while, depending upon the availability of Sakho, Dejan Lovren could also start, possibly alongside Kolo Toure. Klopp is weighing up bringing in Flanagan to replace the struggling Alberto Moreno.
Sturridge was severely hampered by cramp in the closing stages at Wembley, while Sakho is still being assessed by medical staff after being forced off in the first half of the final with suspected concussion.
Revealing the latest Liverpool team news on Tuesday, Klopp said: “We don’t train today until 5pm so we are waiting on a few things.
“But it doesn’t look like Lucas will be available. He has problems with a muscle from when he shot the penalty. We have to wait but I don’t think he can play.
“With Mama, I don’t know exactly yet. We had to make a decision in the moment on Sunday (to take him off) and I think it was the right decision. Now we have to wait for the final judgement of the doctor.
“Daniel had cramp so we will see how he is. I don’t want to take any risks.”