Date: 24th September 2018 at 10:04am
Written by:

Liverpool welcome Chelsea to Anfield in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening, and Jurgen Klopp is expected to make sweeping changes to his starting XI.

Liverpool and Chelsea both enter the competition at this stage owing to their European commitments, with this tie being the pick of the lot as the two Premier League giants clash early in the tournament.

Liverpool are now the only side in the top division to still have their 100% record in tact after a 3-0 win over Southampton, with Chelsea dropping points in a draw with West Ham.

The Carabao Cup will no doubt take a back seat for both teams this season and Klopp is expected to ring in eight changes for the Reds on Wednesday.

In goal, Simon Mignolet is expected to deputise for first-choice Alisson.

In defence, Nathaniel Clyne is expected to come in for the rested Trent Alexander-Arnold, while Alberto Moreno is also thought to be ready to replace first-choice left-back Andy Robertson.

A centre-back pairing of Joel Matip and Joe Gomez is expected to start, with Virgil van Dijk dropping out amid a rib injury worry, although Klopp could well look to a youngster if he wants to rest Gomez, who has been a regular all season so far.

Midfield is an interesting area for Klopp, who has loads of options, and he is expected to hand 6ft 2in summer signing Fabinho [Transfermarkt] his first start on Wednesday, alongside Naby Keita and James Milner in the engine room. This means that Jordan Henderson and Gini Wijnaldum both drop out of the side.

In attack, Klopp will no doubt want to rest some of his stars but will likely have to play Sadio Mane on one flank, with Xherdan Shaqiri on the other, while Daniel Sturridge is expected to start up front. Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah will both likely be rested.