By Alex Stevens
Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ojie Ejaria are set to play for Liverpool against Tottenham in Tuesday’s League Cup showdown, according to a reliable journalist.
Paul Joyce, the Merseyside correspondent of the Express, claims in a report that the Anfield academy products will be in the matchday squad for Tuesday’s clash at Anfield.
Versatile Alexander-Arnold, 18, is “likely” to make his Liverpool debut and is in line to play at right-back.
Attacking midfielder Ejaria, 19, who made his debut for the Merseysiders in their 3-0 League Cup win at Derby last month, is also set to be named in the squad to face Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Joyce reports that Alexander-Arnold, who joined Liverpool aged six, is regarded as someone who can fill a position in time rather than playing a handful of games and moving on.
He is set to make the step up to senior level after a series of dynamic display for the club’s Under-23s, including a rampaging performance in a win over Leicester.
Liverpool currently sit third in the Premier League table, a point and two places better off than Tottenham.
Both clubs are expected to play weakened line-ups for the fourth-round clash at Anfield but Pochettino has no doubts about the capabilities of the fringe men that Jurgen Klopp can call upon.
“They have a very strong squad,” Pochettino said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “If (Klopp) plays Mignolet, he’s an international goalkeeper who has only been on the bench in the last few games.
“If he doesn’t play Firmino, he can play Sturridge. If not Coutinho, maybe Wijnaldum. If not Henderson because he’s suspended, he can play Leiva.”
In other Liverpool team news, Mauricio Pochettino has explained why he will rest a key Tottenham player in Tuesday’s showdown.