Confirmed Liverpool line-up: Klopp makes eight changes

By Alex Stevens

Jurgen Klopp has made nine changes to the Liverpool starting XI for Tuesday’s League Cup showdown against Leeds.

Manager Klopp has given breathers to most the team that beat Sunderland 2-0 in the Premier League on Saturday, although he has named a strong bench for the quarter-final clash at Anfield.

Academy products Trent Alexander-Arnold, 19 and  Ovie Ejaria, 18 both start after being left out of the Under-23s squad that drew 0-0 against Derby on Monday.

The side will be captained by Lucas, who will play in central defence alongside Ragnar Klavan, with Alberto Moreno recalled at left-back and Alexander-Arnold on the right flank. They will be supported in goal by Simon Mignolet, who is recalled in place of regular Premier League keeper Loris Karius.

Georginio Wijnaldum, Emre Can and Sadio Mane are the only three players who started in Saturday’s win against Sunderland.

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Klopp has selected a front three of Mane, Divock Origi, and Ejaria, who will be supported by attacking midfielder Wijnaldum.

Former Leeds midfielder James Milner is named on the substitute’s bench alongside fellow first team regulars Karius, Jordan Henderson and Dejan Lovren.

Liverpool currently sit second in the Premier League table after taking 30 points from their opening 13 matches in the competition.

They are just a single point behind leaders Chelsea, who have won seven league matches in succession.

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