While the Carabao Cup is traditionally a chance to blood some youngsters into the Liverpool side, a more experienced member of the squad is aiming to seize his chance on Wednesday night.
As the only senior defensive midfielder in the Liverpool ranks, Wataru Endo is something of Jurgen Klopp's specialist for the No.6 role.
While Alexis Mac Allister continues to adapt to the position with his technical surety and Stefan Bajcetic is still learning his trade in men's football on the back of a six-month injury absence, Japan captain Endo, in contrast, has been something of an archetypal 'No.6' for years during his time with Stuttgart in the Bundesliga and his national side.
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The signings of Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Ryan Gravenberch might hint at a manager who is looking to move away from the more physical and hard-pressing nature of his engine room ranks but Endo still provides something of an insurance policy to protect a back four that more often than will contain a rampaging Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in his 'hybrid full-back' role.
"I am always conscious about whether I can be in the best position both defensively and offensively," Endo says of his own particular brand of midfielding. "When we are attacking, I see if I can be between opponents' forwards and midfielders or I think about how they are trying to put pressure on us. Every team has a system.
"I try to see which player tries to put pressure on me and change my position based on what I see - and change where to move the ball to. It is the same for defence. I see how theRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk