Liverpool FC will play Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on Saturday to start their FA Cup title defence.
A 27-man squad pushed themselves through their paces during one of the Reds’ penultimate practices before their third-round match on Thursday. It was a bright winter afternoon.
Following his arrival from PSV Eindhoven, Cody Gakpo took part. Although Naby Keita, James Milner, Roberto Firmino, and others with long-term injuries weren’t there.
Senior options like Milner, Firmino, Virgil, Diaz, Jota, and Arthur will be absent. But a strong lineup is likely to play on Saturday.
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However, the young players who participated in training can explain Klopp’s strategies against the Wolves.
Fabian Mrozek and Harvey Davies were again in the goalkeeping squad. Although Marcelo Pitaluga is out due to injury, ready to fill in for any last-minute withdrawals.
18-year-old Luke Chambers was called up from the academy after being deemed a competitive left-back and center-back candidate.
Van Dijk’s hamstring injury has only left four senior options in Konate, Matip, Gomez, and Nat Phillips. Therefore, a Centre-back is where he could be most helpful.
While Bobby Clark and Ben Doak were both recalled, Stefan Bajcetic is still a regular member of the first team lineup and may start on Saturday.
Sunday’s match between Liverpool’s under-21 team and Tottenham will be their first in almost two months. And, likely, Chambers, Bajcetic, Clark, and Doak won’t participate.
Instead, the FA Cup matchday team should include at least four outfielders, giving them a chance to play more.
Chambers might even make his senior debut after sitting on the bench twice. Once against Fulham in the Premier League and once against Derby in the Carabao Cup.