Liverpool predicted 4-3-3 v Leeds: Three academy products start
By Emma Sanders
Jurgen Klopp could ring the changes as Liverpool prepare to take on Leeds in the quarter-final of the League Cup.
Tuesday night’s fixture could see three academy stars included in the starting XI in the shape of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart.
Alexander-Arnold made his first competitive start against Tottenham in the last round and produced a terrific debut display at right-back so is expected to return to the starting XI for the quarter-final.
Stewart has already made six first team appearances this season and is expected to line-up in his usual defensive midfield role, possibly alongside Giorginio Wijnaldum and Emre Can.
Ojo has not featured for the Reds since their 1-1 draw against West Brom last season after suffering from a back fracture in the summer but returned to full training at the start of the month and is hopeful of making a return on Tuesday night.
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Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge are likely to be ruled out through injury so Divock Origi is the obvious replacement up front after he scored the opener during Liverpool’s victory against Sunderland.
Roberto Firmino could keep his place in attack alongside Origi and Ojo to maintain proven calibre in the side and Klopp could name a strong midfield consisting of Wijnaldum, Can and Stewart.
Ragnar Klavan, who featured at centre-back against Tottenham and Derby in the earlier rounds, is expected to replace Dejan Lovren and partner Joel Matip in defence.
Alberto Moreno should return to the left-back position opposite 19-year-old Alexander-Arnold on the other flank and Simon Mignolet is expected to be named in goal as the replacement for regular Premier League goalkeeper Loris Karius.
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