Liverpool expected 4-2-3-1 v Derby: Five changes in strong XI
By Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has promised that he will select a strong team for Liverpool’s EFL Cup clash against Derby on Tuesday night.
A virtual full-strength team hammered Burton 5-0 in the second round and the Anfield manager is seeking another emphatic display against Championship opposition.
Liverpool are also looking to maintain momentum following the eyecatching league wins over Leicester and Chelsea.
This means he is is likely to make only minor amends to the Liverpool team that won at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
Over half of the side that beat Antonio Conte’s team are set to be retained, supplemented by senior players who haven’t played much recently.
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This could provide opportunities for goalkeeper Loris Karius, left-back Alberto Moreno, central midfielder Marko Grujic and striker Divock Origi.
Klopp could make five changes in total, with Roberto Firmino also in line to start after recovering from the groin injury that ruled him out of the Chelsea match.
Simon Mignolet will make way if Karius is handed his first Liverpool start, while Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana could all be given breathers.
Liverpool host Hull in Premier League on Saturday and the Derby match provides the perfect opportunity to rest those who are regulars at the weekends.
In other Liverpool team news, a defender has signed a two-year contract.