Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed one or two youngsters will have the chance to prove their worth in the Capital One Cup fourth round tie against Bournemouth on 28 October. The former Borussia Dortmund boss says some key players need to rest ahead of the crucial Premier League game against Chelsea on 31 October, including Daniel Sturridge, who will remain on the sidelines.
Klopp is in search of his first victory since replacing Brendan Rodgers after having secured three consecutive draws against Tottenham Hotspur, Rubin Kazan and Southampton. The German manager has hailed the importance of booking a place in the quarter final of the cup but has the vital to Stamford Bridge to consider too.
"We have to change the team a little bit. At this moment I don't know how many changes we will make," he said in the press conference. "I will make the changes not because this tournament isn't important for me – that is important for me to say. When I make changes, it is because I want to win the game – that's the only reason for this. It is always because we believe we can win with that team and we always do what we believe we have to do in that moment.
"With this game, Bournemouth, I will play for the first time in this cup and it is very important – a very, very important game – but I know we have had three games in the last eight or nine days in the legs, so we have to change.
"We have a suspended player in Milly [Milner], we have injured players and we have little problems where we won't go and risk. We have to wait for this final information tomorrow morning. We will see who can train today and tomorrow and then we will make a team for tomorrow evening.
Cameron Brannagan ready to step up?
The manager praised Under 21 captain Cameron Brannagan after Liverpool previously announced the 19-year-old midfielder has committed his future to the club with a new deal and expressed the likelihood of some of his younger players featuring against Bournemouth.
Klopp said: "For sure, there will be one or two young players but not because this is not an important cup in the world for me – no, it is the complete opposite for me. I really want to win and that is the reason why we will change."
Speaking about Brannagan's new deal, he added: "I've seen enough to say congratulations on this new contract. He is a great young guy and I like his style. For his age, he has everything you need for a midfield player. He wants to play football, he is strong, clear, cool.
"It is not easy for these guys [young players] to train for the first time with a new manager and think he might make a final judgment. That's not how I work, but of course these guys don't know this. I enjoy working with these guys – and Cameron is really a talent."
Meanwhile, Klopp has also confirmed Sturridge is not yet ready to return to action although he is "getting better" from his injury. The England international is yet to make an appearance for the new manager after suffering a knock to his knee in training before the draw against Tottenham.
"Daniel is not available for tomorrow. He is getting better but not quick enough that it changes the situation for us. He is not in training," he said. "I saw him five minutes ago working with Chris [Morgan] in the gym, but it was not normal football training, so we have to wait."