Liverpool face Arsenal for the second occasion in just three days on Thursday night for a Carabao fourth-round clash.

Jurgen Klopp and his Premier League champions produced a stunning performance during Liverpool’s 3-1 victory against Mikel Arteta and Arsenal at Anfield on Monday night.

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: (SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on September 28, 2020 in Liverpool, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

The Reds boss is expected to make wholesale changes as Liverpool meet Arsenal in the fourth round of the League Cup for a second successive season.

Klopp could make as many as 9-10 alterations to the team that triumphed last night as he looks to freshen up the team, give other players opportunities, and rest key starters ahead of the Premier League tie with Aston Villa on Sunday.

In total, we are going for as many as 10 changes, with only Joe Gomez the only starter from Monday to retain his place.

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Some changes are more certain than others. For instance, Adrian will get another chance in goal.

Rhys Williams should also be given another opportunity to make his Anfield senior debut following an accomplished performance from the 19-year-old against Lincoln last week.

Kostas Tsimikas will most likely come in at left-back t00.

The same can be said for Neco Williams who will look to return to a fixture where he made a name for himself last season during that stunning 5-5 encounter against Arsenal 12 months prior.

Opportunities to shine

Curtis Jones was an unused substitute on Monday which may suggest that he is also likely to be given the nod in the starting XI on Thursday following a man-of-the-match performance against Lincoln.

James Milner will also potentially come in although Marko Grujic has demonstrated he also can be a viable option in midfield in the cup competitions for Klopp.

Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi are also likely to be used in the cup again with the former only getting a few minutes of action on Monday while Origi wasn’t utilised altogether.

There is also a case to put in Xherdan Shaqiri following his return against Lincoln in the previous round. The Switzerland international was deployed and excelled in a much deeper role for Liverpool and his defensive qualities showcased why Klopp may use him again on Thursday.

Diogo Jota will also be hungry for his first Liverpool start following on from a dream start to his Reds career on Monday night after opening his Anfield account on his club debut.

Arsenal are also expected to rotate their team, and are expected to make it another highly contested match.

While this line-up is still rather inexperienced in some aspects, Liverpool still boast a strong defence and midfield which should provide the platform for a win to reach the next round.

 

 

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