Four attacking youngsters in Klopp 4-3-3: Liverpool best possible XI to face Leeds
By Emma Sanders
Joe Gomez and Sheyi Ojo should make their comebacks from injury during Liverpool’s EFL Cup quarter-final clash against Leeds on Tuesday evening.
Ben Woodburn should also be handed his second first team start after making his Premier League debut as a substitute during the 2-0 victory against Sunderland on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp should field a quartet of attacking youngsters against Leeds, with Woodburn, 17, and Ojo, 19, joined in the four principal attacking positions by Divock Origi, 21, and Ovie Ejaria, 19.
Gomez has not yet featured under Jurgen Klopp after he picked up a serious ACL injury just a few weeks into the 2015-16 season but made his competitive return for the under-23s last weekend.
The defender should be handed a start at left-back given his determination to return to full fitness and Ojo should also be given an opportunity in attack.
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The 19-year-old has not featured since the end of last season but made 11 first team appearances under Klopp after he was recalled from his loan spell at Wolves.
Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge’s injuries pave the way for Origi to return to the starting XI after he scored on Saturday and youngster Ejaria should also make his fourth appearance this season.
The academy star has produced some wonderful displays in the past and would relish the opportunity to link up with his young attacking teammates.
Giorginio Wijnaldum and Kevin Stewart should line up in the holding midfield roles to bring experience to the side, with Emre Can poised to make a substitute appearance if needed.
Trent Alexander-Arnold deserves to make his second start in the competition at right-back after producing a wonderful display against Tottenham.
Senior figures, Ragnar Klavan, Joel Matip and Simon Migonlet should complete the defence.
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