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Confirmed Liverpool lineup vs. Arsenal: Williams debuts as 5 make Anfield bow

Jurgen Klopp has again named a mix of youth and experience as Liverpool take on Arsenal in the League Cup tonight, with Neco Williams to debut.

Klopp gave a host of youngsters their first taste of competitive senior action in the 2-0 win over MK Dons in the third round, and has maintained this approach at Anfield.

Despite the Gunners representing a bigger test, the manager is keeping faith with his blend of future hopefuls and first-team staples short of game time.

Between the sticks is Caoimhin Kelleher, who makes his Anfield bow, having kept a clean sheet on his debut for the club last time out in the cup.

Ahead of the Irishman starts Williams, who benefits from the absence of Ki-Jana Hoever to take over at right-back, joining Joe Gomez, Sepp van den Berg and James Milner.

Adam Lallana takes up the No. 6 role in midfield, supported by Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

And in attack, Harvey Elliott becomes the youngest Liverpool player to feature at Anfield, lining up alongside Divock Origi and Rhian Brewster.

Among Klopp’s substitutes are under-18s centre-back Billy Koumetio and pre-season regulars Yasser Larouci and Curtis Jones.

Koumetio, who joined the club from US Orleans earlier this year, will become the club’s fourth-youngest debutant if he comes off the bench.

Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal, with Unai Emery rotating but naming a largely senior side, with the likes of Dani Ceballos, Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette in reserve.

Liverpool: Kelleher; Williams, Gomez, Van den Berg, Milner; Lallana, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Elliott, Origi, Brewster

Substitutes: Adrian, Koumetio, Larouci Chirivella, Clarkson, Kane, Jones

Arsenal: Martinez; Bellerin, Holding, Mustafi, Kolasinac; Torreira, Willock, Maitland-Niles; Ozil, Saka, Martinelli

Substitutes: Macey, Sokratis, Tierney, Guendouzi, Ceballos, Pepe, Lacazette

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