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League Cup Match Preview: MK Dons vs Liverpool

Date & time: September 25th 2019, 19:45 (BST)

Where: Stadium MK

Is it on: Sky Sports

Referee: Oliver Langford

As the final 5 minutes plus injury time ticked down on Sunday night, you could see that Liverpool's players had finally seen tiredness catch up with them, after a fairly hefty start to the season.

We've only been going since mid-August and Liverpool have already played 9 competitive games as we approach the final match-day weekend of the month.

It will have been 11 matches since mid-August by the time we've played Sheffield United on Saturday morning. So expect heavy rotation tonight from Jurgen Klopp.

The Chelsea game took it out of the players, you could see that, so the match tonight allows Jurgen to give some bench players and youngsters a chance to stake their claims.

As we make another attempt at winning the Premier League, the first team squad will rarely change, unless there is injury or suspension so these players must take their chances if they're looking to force their way into the first team during this huge season.

A win away at the MK Stadium would be a good way to start.

Injuries & Suspension

It's relatively positive news for Liverpool, as it looks like Naby Keita will make his return tonight. Given his clear risk of injury, it's unlikely he'll be thrown in from the start.

Alisson is approaching full-fitness but Adrian's form has ensured that there's no need to rush him back just yet so he won't be available tonight. Nathaniel Clyne remains out.

Divock Origi also is unlikely to feature, whilst Sadio Mane was highly unlikely to have been risked anyway, but will certainly not be available after picking up a knock on Sunday night.

Xherdan Shaqiri will also reportedly miss the game with a calf problem.

Last 5 games:

MK Dons (all comps): W-W-W-L-L

Liverpool (all comps): W-W-W-L-W

Predicted Line up

With the last Premier League game in mind, expect wholesale changes as we already know that Jurgen Klopp pays little attention to the domestic cups.

But a reported message from FSG during pre-season told the manager and his staff that the domestic cups should be sacrificed in favour of the Premier and Champions League.

That does not mean that our second string won't make a good go of trying to win those domestic trophies though, knowing full-well that it's their chance for glory and, perhaps more importantly, a chance to make a stake for a regular first-team spot.

Starting team: Kelleher, Gomez, Larouci, Lovren, Hoever, Milner, Lallana, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Elliot and Brewster

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