Liverpool have had a bumpy start to the season, there’s no denying that. The Reds have seen it all in just the first two months, there’s been refereeing howlers, 7-2 thumpings, world class performances and superstar signings. Thankfully, one of our more forgettable moments may benefit us – Liverpool being knocked out of the EFL Cup was a blessing in disguise.
Liverpool out of EFL Cup
The Reds EFL Cup run this season was a short one.
Liverpool took on Lincoln City in the third round, beating the Imps 7-2 thanks to some impressive performances.
In the fourth round we saw the Reds eliminated by Arsenal on penalties after a drab 0-0 affair.
At the time the loss was annoying, disappointing even. Liverpool play the youngsters in the EFL Cup, it’s always good to see how they get on.
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Virgil van Dijk injury
The Reds are going to be without Virgil van Dijk for the rest of the season after the Dutchman tore his ACL playing in the Merseyside Derby.
Jordan Pickford clumsily clattered into the centre back after he came charging out for a ball he was never going to get.
The keeper remained on the pitch whilst the defender trudged off, never to be seen again on the field this season.
EFL Cup exit a blessing
Now that the Reds are shorthanded at the back, not having to participate in the EFL Cup is a blessing in disguise.
We would have more fixtures to fulfil and therefore more fixtures to risk the defence in.
Whilst it is unlikely that the boss would field Joe Gomez or Joel Matip in these games, we can’t afford to have one of our backup youngsters injured in the next few months, we need depth wherever we can get it.
At the time Liverpool exiting from the EFL Cup was a downer, not having to participate now looks like a stroke of good luck.