Liverpool host Leeds United in the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup on Tuesday, 29 November, with manager Jurgen Klopp set to make a host of changes to the starting line-up. The Reds have been in brilliant form all season and would be looking to progress in the Cup, having failed to beat Manchester City in the final last season.
Where to watch live
Kick-off is set for 7:45pm GMT. Live coverage of the game will be on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD.
The Reds will be without Philippe Coutinho, who has been ruled out till the end of the year with an ankle injury he sustained against Sunderland, which has come as a major blow to Liverpool's title chances. Roberto Firmino is also expected to miss out with a calf strain while Daniel Sturridge is yet to return to training for the Reds. Simon Mignolet will return to goal, replacing Lois Karius at the back.
This is the fourth time that the Merseyside club will face Leeds in the league cup, having won two and drawn one of the previous three thus far. They also have the upper hand in the Premier League, where they have won on 14 occasions, more than any other team in the first division of English football. Klopp's men have also scored 10 goals in the league cup thus far, the highest in the tournament thus far.
Meanwhile, Leeds, who are currently fifth in the Championship table will be looking to get a taste of first division football against Liverpool, having failed to qualify for England's most coveted league since being relegated in 2003-04. Gary Monk, who has a lot of experience in the league with Swansea, will be looking to give his young players a run-out against the Reds, coming into the game on the back of a 2-1 win over Rotterdam.
What Managers Say
Jurgen Klopp: "[on team selection] It is about having a line-up which can stand the intensity of the game because Leeds are in a really good moment. They are a football-playing side and they will force us into a lot of things so we need to work hard in these games. The players need to be fit for this. We don't want to rest somebody who doesn't need a rest. It is possible we will make a few changes; it is possible we will play nearly the same team."
Gary Monk: "It's a historic fixture in English football and we have to respect that. We're under no illusions. It's a very difficult game for us. It's a great challenge, that's how we have to look at it. Our young players have a bit of freedom to go there. We're under no pressure. The odds are against us, but we have good belief in ourselves."
Betting Odds (betfair)
- Liverpool win: 1/4
- Draw: 5
- Leeds United win: 10
Possible XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner; Can, Lucas, Wijnaldum; Sturridge, Origi, Ings.
Possible XI: Green; Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Taylor; Phillips, O'Kane, Sacko; Roofe, Dallus, Wood