Next Up: Leeds Utd (a)

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The other road to Wembley begins as Liverpool head to Elland Road to face Leeds United, who they haven’t played since the Yorkshire side were relegated from the top flight in 2004.

Now in the third tier of English football, Leeds have enjoyed an impressive start to the league season, dropping just two points to sit top of League One and go into this clash off the back a 4-1 victory at home to Gillingham.

Expect Rafa Benitez to make a host of changes to the side who were at West Ham, with Saturday’s Premier League clash at home to Hull City in mind.

Alberto Aquilani and Nabil El Zahr remain sidelined through injury, but this could be a good opportunity for Fabio Aurelio to make his first start of the season following a knee injury.

Daniel Agger could also be named in the squad after recovering from back surgery, although Benitez is being cautious with the Danish centre-back’s return.

Meanwhile fringe players such as forwards David Ngog and Andriy Voronin, midfielder Jay Spearing, new signing Sartorius Kyrgiakos and young centre back Daniel Ayala could be involved. Right back Philipp Degen should start, likewise winger Albert Riera and goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri. Andrea Dossena and Ryan Babel should also get a chance to impress.

Kick-off at Elland Road is 7.45pm.

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