It's a symbol of the changes that are made to Liverpool's team when the League Cup rolls around that even the man taking the media duties is switched up.
Rather than Jurgen Klopp sitting in front of the press to preview Wednesday's visit from Championship leaders Leicester City, it was instead his assistant, Pep Lijnders, who continued his now long-running assignment of fielding the questions the day before Carabao Cup action.
The Dutchman was typically enthusiastic about the young players in the club's care at present as he talked up the talents of Stefan Bajcetic, Ben Doak and goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher at the AXA Training Centre on Tuesday.
Changes, Lijnders says, are "a given" due to the current schedule that sees the Reds playing every three days presently and while Trent Alexander-Arnold is back in full training, the visit to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday evening is taking precedence.
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"First we want to win the game [against Leicester], so that is our first thought: how can we win the game?" Lijnders said. "In our crazy schedule at the moment, we play Europa League, so it is Thursday, Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday.
"So you play every three days and we know that even more with the style we have when we lose the ball we want to put pressure [on] and we want to counter-press, we know that it takes a lot from the boys not only physically but also mentally to be on this high level individually and collectively.
"So we need to make changes, it is just a given that we will make changes in this kind of period. Normally in the cup we give debuts but weRead on liverpoolecho.co.uk