Liverpool have three games in six days now, and likely another soon after should we navigate the FA Cup Replay, so Jurgen Klopp is almost certain to play youngsters against Exeter tonight.
He did so during the draw at St. James Park originally, and with the help of the Anfield playing surface and one or two changes from the side that earned a 2-2 draw first time out, Liverpool should be fine.
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Danny Ward is ineligible sadly, meaning Adam Bogdan is likely to have another chance between the sticks.
At the back, we think Klopp will likely make no changes, keeping Jose Enrique from the first Exeter encounter alongside Tiago Ilori in central defence, as Steven Caulker is not eligible. Connor Randall and the impressive Brad Smith should start at fullback, with the Aussie grabbing the equaliser last time out.
Jon Flanagan is ready to return (via the Echo), but after 629 days out, we think we’ll see him on the bench before we see him in the starting XI.
That defensive line should do enough to counter Exeter’s attack, as Enrique doesn’t deserve another chance in truth.
Kevin Stewart played holding midfield first time around, but with Joe Allen recently left out of the Premier League side, we’d like to see the Welshman get a start at anchorman. Either side of him, Cameron Brannagan and Joao Teixeira can add creativity in midfield – allowing the likes of Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Lucas and James Milner a rest.
With Jerome Sinclair leaving the club (via BBC Sport), Sheyi Ojo could get a start on the left of a front-three – despite Sinclair scoring in the away fixture. Ojo came off the bench down in Devon for a full Liverpool debut in the drawn tie, and deserves another chance after adding spark and power to the side.
Ryan Kent impressed on the right last time and should be given another chance to do so, while we desperately need Christian Benteke to show us something else up top following some miserable recent performances.
The Belgian striker is very much behind Roberto Firmino in the pecking order now, but the Brazilian at least needs better support from his fellow blockbuster signing.
If Benteke puts in another lifeless performance, the fans still backing him may turn.