Tonight’s Carling Cup 3rd round tie against Northampton Town provides an opportunity for some of our fringe players to stake a claim for a permanent first-team position in the Liverpool ranks. The game at Anfield will see several first-team regulars rested for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Sunderland, therefore, players on the brink of the first-team who may not have seen as much action as they would have liked so far this season will get to pull on the red shirt in front of the Anfield crowd. Some of these players who will be given the chance to impress are:
Soto Kyrgiakos – The monstrous Greek centre-back is, without a doubt, Liverpool’s fourth choice in his position, however at the same time, is a class act when it comes to defending. Coupled together with the fact that Liverpool’s defence appears to be leaking goals at the moment, an impressive, strong defensive performance could catch the eye of Roy Hodgson and the Greek could force the hand of the gaffer when it comes to picking the team for Saturday.
Martin Kelly – The young lad from Whiston has impressed on each one of his 8 appearances he has made for Liverpool so far and, if he starts as expected, will look to further strengthen his case for a first-team berth on his 9th appearance tonight. With the versatility of being able to play all across the back four Martin gives options to Hodgson but it is expected that Kelly will be positioned at right-back, and with Glen Johnson’s indifferent start to the season, it is a chance for Kelly to show the boss what he is capable of.
Danny Wilson – Most probably the least likely out of this group of players to get much first-team football this season, the young Scottish defender will make his debut against Northampton Town and will surely look to use the occasion to show the Anfield crowd what they should expect from him now and in the future. Similarly to Martin Kelly, Wilson can play all across the backline and, as confirmed yesterday by Hodgson, will play on the left side of defence. It will be interesting to see how young Danny gets on as he will be the first to admit that left-back isn’t his strongest position, nevertheless, giving an impressive performance in an unfamiliar position will lead to all round praise from everyone associated with the club.
Jay Spearing – After a man of the match performance against Steaua Bucharest last week in the Europa League, Spearing will be given a further opportunity to impress the coaching staff in this Carling Cup tie. Everybody who has seen Jay Spearing play knows what he is all about and knows that he is definitely a future Liverpool player in the making. However, I’m sure Jay would rather be a Liverpool player of the present and tomorrow will present him with a chance to stake a claim for a first-team spot at the weekend against Sunderland and for the future and I fully expect the scouse terrier not to let anybody down with a typically tenacious and technically sound performance.
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