Jurgen Klopp made 10 changes for Liverpool's Carabao Cup third round encounter with Leicester City as Curtis Jones was the only survivor from the 3-1 win over West Ham United on Sunday.
The 22-year-old captained his boyhood club at Anfield to fulfil another milestone moment in a blossoming Reds career. He was brought off in the dying embers, replaced by Stefan Bajcetic, after a respectable display in the unconventional right-back role.
Klopp had to call upon Dominik Szoboszlai and Darwin Nunez midway through the second-half as his substitutions paid off with Szoboszlai thundering home from 20 yards out. There was also confidence-boosting goals from Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota, who both finished with aplomb past Jakub Stolarczyk.
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The 10 changes from their win over the Hammers saw Caiomhin Kelleher, Jarell Quansah, Ibrahima Konate and Kostas Tsimikas make up the rest of the back four. Joe Gomez wasn’t “OK” for the visit of Enzo Maresca’s side, Klopp admitted, but the German did confirm that the England defender will be in contention for the visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (5:30pm kick-off).
A lot may depend on the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold, however, though it might be that Klopp decides to ease the full-back back into action rather than throw him straight in from the start against Spurs.
Normal service will likely be resumed within the rest of Liverpool’s backline with Alisson Becker, Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson returning to the fray. Joel Matip had a strong display against West Ham but with the threat of Spurs’ pace, Konate seems to beRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk