Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Leicester City: Coutinho starts for heavily rotated Reds

19 September 2017
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Jurgen Klopp rung the changes once again as Liverpool take on Leicester City in the third round of the League Cup on Tuesday night.


The Reds reached the semi-finals of England’s least-cherished cup competition last season, and will be looking to improve on that this time around.

Standing in their way first is Craig Shakespeare’s Leicester, who subjected Klopp’s side to a 3-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium back in February.

Liverpool take on the Foxes at the same venue again on Saturday in the Premier League, and as a result both managers have shuffled their pack for Tuesday’s cup tie.

Danny Ward makes his first start of the season, and his first competitive appearance for the Reds since the end of the 2015/16 campaign, lining up between the sticks.

Ahead of the Welshman in defence are Jon Flanagan, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan and Andrew Robertson.

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Jordan Henderson is set to shore up the midfield in the No. 6 role, with Marko Grujic and Georginio Wijnaldum starting alongside the captain.

And supporting Dominic Solanke in Klopp’s forward line are Philippe Coutinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Both Solanke and Oxlade-Chamberlain will make their full debuts for the Reds after joining in the summer.

On the substitutes’ bench are Loris Karius, Alberto Moreno, Trent Alexander-Arnold, James Milner, Ben Woodburn, Lazar Markovic and Danny Ings.

Leicester City: Hamer; Amartey, Dragovic, Morgan, Chilwell; Albrighton, Iborra, Ndidi, Gray; Slimani, Ulloa

Substitutes: Jakupovic, Benalouane, Choudhury, Mahrez, Musa, Okazaki, Iheanacho

Liverpool: Ward; Flanagan, Gomez, Klavan, Robertson; Henderson, Grujic, Wijnaldum; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coutinho, Solanke

Substitutes: Karius, Moreno, Alexander-Arnold, Milner, Woodburn, Markovic, Ings


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