Some experienced Liverpool players face more intense pressure this season after the team’s 2-0 victory over MK Dons.
The Carabao Cup third round win was fairly routine but it highlighted the strength in youth at the club. Such is that strength, in fact, that they’re now genuine first-team options.
The likes of Harvey Elliott look ready for games now and Jurgen Klopp will surely be tempted to give it to them. But that will be at the detriment of some experienced squad players.
Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Xherdan Shaqiri are at threat. They don’t play regularly and they don’t offer too much right now. They may not survive next summer if they’re not undisputedly at the font of the queue.
Elliott, Curtis Jones and Ki-Jana Hoever all showed they can step up.
Then there is Sepp van den Berg, too, who may join those three before long and proving himself at senior level.
And if the choice comes down to the first-team backup being these young players or a trio who are unlikely to improve, Klopp will only make one choice.
And so the pressure is on the experienced Liverpool trio of Lovren, Lallana and Shaqiri to prove their worth before that choice is made.