The Reds are gearing up for his or her first home cup recreation of the season as Liverpool put together to face Leicester within the League Cup – however can they lastly win in 90 minutes at Anfield?
Liverpool vs. Leicester Metropolis
League Cup (Third Spherical) | Anfield
September 27, 2023 | 7.45pm (BST)
After they have been relegated final season, Liverpool thought they’d have a Leicester-free 12 months this season.
Alas, the Reds have drawn the Foxes on the first time of asking within the League Cup. It does current a superb alternative for development towards the Championship facet, although.
Right here’s all the things you’ll want to know forward of Liverpool vs. Leicester.
1. “Too quickly” for Trent
The appropriate-back, fortunately, was again in elements of coaching on Monday together with his teammates, however Saturday’s journey to Tottenham is the match that’s anticipated to herald his return.
Thiago, in the meantime, is in “a great way” however he has but to make a full coaching return as his particular person rehabilitation continues following hip surgical procedure on the back-end of final season.
There have been no different accidents to report, however Lijnders did affirm that “modifications” will probably be made to the lineup.
2. Straight to penalties, if wanted
With no further time till the semi-final stage, each League Cup match that’s stage after the ultimate whistle will go on to a penalty shootout.
The Reds have received their final 4 penalty shootouts, and that features one towards the Foxes again in 2021 – Jurgen Klopp‘s males received each home cups from the spot in 2021/22.
Unsure our nerves ought to be put to the take a look at this early, although!
3. What number of modifications?
You sense Liverpool’s lineup may very well be a predictable one after we take into account how Klopp rotated for the primary Europa League conflict, with a not too dissimilar XI probably.
From Sunday’s league match, 11 modifications wouldn’t come as a shock as Lijnders acknowledged on the eve of the conflict that “we have to make modifications, it’s a given in a interval like this.”
Stefan Bajcetic is in line for one more berth at right-back, although this not the place his future lies, whereas Ben Doak is about to get one other alternative, this time alongside Diogo Jota and Cody Gakpo.
Predicted Reds XI: Kelleher; Bajcetic, Konate, Quansah, Tsimikas; Endo, Elliott, Gravenberch; Doak, Jota, Gakpo
4. Man Metropolis chase the document
All through its numerous iterations, Liverpool have loved the League Cup; the Reds have received the competitors 9 instances – greater than anybody else.
Man Metropolis at the moment are shut behind, although, with 5 successes in six makes an attempt between 2016 and 2021 taking their total tally to eight.
This season, Virgil van Dijk will probably be hoping to elevate the trophy for a second time and prolong the membership document. Ought to he do it, it will be his first trophy – hopefully, of many – as Liverpool captain.
5. Life within the Championship
Italian supervisor Enzo Maresca took over from Dean Smith in the summertime and has received 9 of his first 10 video games at Leicester.
The Foxes are anticipated to return straight again as much as the highest flight, however the Championship is notoriously unpredictable. They’re, although, presently prime of the desk and Jamie Vardy continues to be scoring targets – three in 9 to date this season.
The final spherical additionally noticed them journey to Merseyside, beating Tranmere 2-0 after knocking Burton Albion out by the identical scoreline within the first spherical.
Attainable Leicester XI: Stolarczyk; Pereira, Faes, Vestergaard, Justin; Casadei, Ndidi, Winks; Akgun, Iheanacho, Mavididi
6. No VAR
There will probably be no VAR for this one.
Tim Robinson takes cost of a Liverpool recreation for the primary time as referee, having acted as fourth official on two earlier events for the Reds.
The official was promoted to the PGMOL’s Choose Group One in the summertime and has refereed two Premier League matches to date this season.
Simon Bennett and Daniel Robathan are the assistant referees, whereas David Webb takes the fourth official function.
7. Not televised within the UK
Fortunately, you may nonetheless preserve updated with all the things that’s occurring with This Is Anfield.
Adam Beattie will probably be working the matchday reside blof and there would be the standard build-up and response to occasions at Anfield.
8. Final time we met Leicester…
Liverpool didn’t take pleasure in a succesful season final time round, however they nonetheless did the double over Leicester.
Most lately, they beat Dean Smith’s Foxes 3-0 on the King Energy Stadium in Might. It was a recreation that can primarily be remembered as an indication of Scouse energy.
That match was a part of the 18-game unbeaten run Liverpool are presently on.
9. A stunning statistic
Liverpool haven’t received a League Cup tie in regular time at Anfield within the final seven matches – a loopy statistic given the Reds received the competitors in 2022.
On the brilliant facet, Liverpool have failed to attain in solely two of the final 29 dwelling encounters in all competitions towards Leicester.
Vardy may very well be the opposition’s hazard man. He has a superb document towards Liverpool, scoring 10 targets in his 17 appearances towards the Reds in all competitions.
10. Observe the match with TIA
Liverpool vs. Leicester shouldn’t be reside on tv within the UK, however you may keep updated This Is Anfield and test in with our worldwide TV information previous to kick-off.
TIA’s matchday reside weblog will probably be up and working from 7pm, with Adam Beattie tasked with preserving you entertained and up-to-date.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm (BST).
Come on you Reds!