By Harry Sykes

Jurgen Klopp will field his strongest available team for Liverpool’s League Cup showdown against Southampton on Wednesday night, according to a reliable journalist.

The Anfield manager named the youngest starting XI in Liverpool’s history for their FA Cup third round clash against Plymouth last Sunday as he made 10 changes from the side that drew against Sunderland in the Premier League six days earlier.

The League Two side secured a goalless draw an Anfield to secure a second-leg replay at Home Park on Wednesday of next week.

This has placed a greater emphasis on the League Cup semi-final first leg clash at St Mary’s Stadium as Liverpool aim to clinch a place in the final of the competition for a second consecutive year.

Liverpool Echo journalist James Pearce, who covers all of the matches of the Premier League giants, reported on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday morning that he is “expecting Klopp to go strong with his line-up tonight”.

Senior players who were rested at the weekend, or named on the substitute’s bench, are set to come into the reckoning for a starting place.

The likes of Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Daniel Sturridge, Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Dejan Lovren, Nathaniel Clyne and Ragnar Klavan are all in line for recalls.

Pearce reported that the team was “being finalised” on Wednesday morning by Klopp after a light training session.

In other Liverpool team news, the club have made a striker approach and Klopp has personally called the player to smooth the deal.

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