Liverpool have been brilliant in the Premier League this season, playing some entertaining football. They are one of the most entertaining teams to watch in England at present, and Jurgen Klopp's men will hope for another great performance as they host Leeds United in the EFL Cup at Anfield on Tuesday.
Liverpool are favourites to reach the semifinals of the EFL Cup, although they have some problems of their own, especially in attacking positions due to injuries. Philippe Coutinho suffered an ankle injury against Sunderland on Saturday. Roberto Firmino also suffered a calf injury. Besides the two Brazilians, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana are both injured.
Even if these players were fit, Klopp might have rested some of them, but not all. So this match against Leeds United will test their character, and the bench strength of Liverpool. Divock Origi, who broke the deadlock against Sunderland, will get a start in the EFL Cup.
The Reds have been known for their attacking prowess this season, with Coutinho, Sadio Mane, Firmino and Lallana scoring goals. So the Senegalese star Mane, who has been a force to reckon with this season, will play an important role for Liverpool against Leeds.
Liverpool should be confident at the back, after two back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League. However, Klopp should ring in some changes for the game against Leeds. Simon Mingolet might get a chance to start in place of Loris Karius, and Alberto Moreno and Trent Alexander-Arnold should play as left and right-back. Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip might continue their partnership as the central defensive pair as they are developing a good chemistry.
Liverpool's opponent Leeds will hope to test Klopps' team at Anfield, where they have been strong this season. Leeds are aware of the huge task that lie ahead. Leeds, so far in the EFL Cup, have not encountered a side from the Premier League, hence this game against Liverpool is set to be their toughest.
Leeds's form in the championship have been impressive, winning four of their last six matches so far. Leeds' manager Gary Monk will have to inspire his team to give their best at Anfield.
Playing against Liverpool, irrespective of the fact that the home team would be without some of their big names, is a different matter altogether. With Liverpool playing at home and favourites, Leeds will not be under much pressure, which might help them play some wonderful football to stun Klopp and his men.
EFL Cup quarterfinal schedule
Match: Liverpool vs Leeds United
Date: 29 November, 2016
Time: 7:45 pm GMT (1:15 am IST, 2:45 pm ET)
TV guide: India: Ten 1 HD, Ten 2. UK: Sky Sports 1 HD. USA, Canada, Australia: BeIN Sports. France: BeIN Sports 3.