Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge has claimed that Jurgen Klopp's "biggest decision" will be to decide whether to start Lucas Leiva in the midfield ahead of Emre Can in the Capital One Cup final against Manchester City at Wembley on 28 February. The Brazilian has been a regular inclusion in the Reds' starting lineup and has impressed since the former Borussia Dortmund manager replaced Brendan Rodgers in October.
"So which team will Jurgen Klopp pick on Sunday for the Capital One Cup final? For me it probably won't be far off the one we've seen for the last couple of weeks. The key question he may have to consider is whether Lucas Leiva plays or not," Aldridge told the Liverpool Echo.
"I think he's done well when he's played this season and he's never played at Wembley, missing out with injury in 2012. It would be really hard to leave him out but sometimes as a manager you have to make a decision that hurts players."
"I remember when I was managing Tranmere and we were going to the League Cup final against Leicester. I had to make a choice in goal between John Achterberg and Joe Murphy, and in the end went for youth with Murphy, he said and added, "Jurgen Klopp will have to look at the midfield and decide whether it's Lucas or Can playing in there."
Jordan Henderson is the Merseyside club's captain and he is likely to start against Manuel Pellegrini's side at Wembley. Klopp will have a decision to make as to who will start alongside James Milner in the midfield against City.
Aldridge will be in attendance for the Capital One Cup final tie between Liverpool and City. The former Anfield star is confident that a win at Wembley will be a massive boost for young players at the club.
"Hopefully we'll be describing a famous Liverpool victory. Years ago the League Cup was nice to win but the FA Cup was really the big one," he explained.
"But the Liverpool trophy cupboard has not been stocked up as much recently as it was in the 70s and 80s so it's important that we win it. The experience would be invaluable for the players and in my opinion, it actually helps you become a better player."