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Youngsters get another chance – Predicted Liverpool lineup vs. Exeter

With Jurgen Klopp to field another young side for Exeter’s visit to Anfield on Wednesday night, we take a look at how Liverpool could line up for the FA Cup replay.

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's young players line-up to face Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds look to seal their place in round four of the FA Cup against Paul Tisdale’s Grecians, as cup competitions take on an added importance for Liverpool.

Klopp is set to name another largely inexperienced Reds team for the tie, but with the league campaign over and the need to keep the season alive by going all out for cup success, the German could utilise some senior figures to ensure advancement is secured.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the boss said: “It will be a similar team to last time. We will play tomorrow with a team with fresh legs.

“It is a big chance, we can show the young boys we believe in them.”


Team News

  • Klopp to field young Reds team again
  • Ward and Caulker ineligible as not registered for original tie
  • Flanagan to feature on the bench and could make long awaited return
  • Bogdan could return in goal with Ward unavailable
  • Randall, Ilori and Smith in line to play in defence
  • Enrique could resume centre-back duties
  • Brannagan and Stewart could form midfield again
  • Teixeira, Kent and Ojo attacking options
  • Sinclair hopeful goal in reverse fixture seals starting berth
  • Benteke likely to start up top and captain the Reds
  • Klopp could play Mignolet with Bogdan dropped since first meeting
  • Sakho an option to come into defence to provide experience
  • Allen and Ibe further senior players available to use


Liverpool’s XI

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Brad Smith celebrates scoring the second equalising goal against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Another youthful Liverpool side is set to take on the League Two outfit and Klopp could name an almost identical XI to the one that drew in Exeter.

Bogdan could come back in goal with Randall, Ilori, Enrique and Smith forming the back four, while Stewart and Brannagan could make up the midfield.

But in attack, Sinclair could miss out with the striker reportedly set to move to Watford, which could see Ojo, Kent and Teixeira play in support of lone front man, and likely captain for the night, Benteke.

That XI would see Liverpool line up like this at Anfield:

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With the game ideally settled in 90 minutes, Klopp could strengthen his defence by introducing Sakho, and playing two up top with Sinclair partnering Benteke to lead the line as the pair did 12 days ago.

Those adjustments would see the Reds line up looking like this come kick-off time on Wednesday night:

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The journey to Wembley has got off to a bumpy start but the Reds must ensure they stay on track with victory to book their place in round four.


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