Liverpool are set to face Championship side Leicester City in the EFL Cup tonight, with hopes of extending their impressive form from the start of the 2023/24 season.
The team recently secured a convincing 3-1 victory over West Ham United in the Premier League, placing them in the second position on the league table, just two points behind Manchester City.
It appears that Liverpool’s previous season, 2022/23, was a temporary setback, as Jurgen Klopp has successfully revitalized the squad during the summer.
For the EFL Cup clash against Leicester City at Anfield, Klopp is expected to make changes to the starting lineup.
This rotation is likely due to Liverpool’s busy schedule in the upcoming weeks, and it presents an opportunity for some younger players to make appearances.
Pepijn Lijnders on Liverpool Team News vs Leicester
Assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders discussed this ahead of the match, stating on club’s official website,
“Of course we will make changes but we want to put our game into place, we want to be dominant, we want to be in their half of the pitch.
I think always we proved already that we are using the squad and that’s something in this season that is really important to feel and to understand: this group of players, when they are all healthy, when they are all hungry, when they feel that they all at each moment can be used, they all find a certain development on their own, they are becoming better [no matter] how old they are.
If we create these three or four things in the squad you know that success comes much closer, so we really search for that and we play every two or three days at the moment so we need to use freshness, we need to use hunger, we need to use the boys who really want to show, as we always did. But we are not just here about giving debuts, we are here to develop.”
This approach suggests that emerging talents like Ben Doak and Jarell Quansah may get more playing time as part of their development.
Meanwhile, some senior players, including Luis Diaz, could find themselves on the bench as part of the rotation strategy.
Liverpool aims not only to provide opportunities for debutants but also to foster player development while seeking success in a congested fixture schedule.
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