Ahead of the preparation of the 3rd round of the English League Cup, Juergen Klopp would know he’d have some jelly legs in the midst of his playing squad, following a nerveless, and tireless victory over at Stamford Bridge, which saw the Merseyside giants register only the second back-to-back win at the venue in 40 years. We at T4O expect the exertions to take a toll, and fancy the gregarious German to hand out a few deserved caps for the younger players who have been on the fringes. The former Borussia Dortmund manager is undoubtedly one from the school of ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’.
Here’s our predicted Liverpool FC starting XI vs Derby Count, to feature away at the iPro Stadium.
The 23-year-old German goalkeeper would be champing at the bit, at the bench, seeing Simon Mignolet nab away his starting gloves. Returning from a broken hand, the former Mainz shot-stopper will have it all to do to wrestle back his stake in the first team.
Albie Moreno has put his head down and slaved in training without as much as a peep – and for good measure. He certainly doesn’t need his career to follow the trajectory of a certain tank top paella panderer, Jose Enrique. Klopp has come out in defence of his young left-back, and will perhaps give him a fair crack, considering how knackered James Milner should be after his shift on Friday night.
Another one who is trying to work his way into the good books of the generally gregarious German gaffer, Mamadou Sakho, was one of Liverpool’s stand-out defenders in their run of two finals they reached the past season. While he has snubbed loan moves to Stoke and Sunderland, and the likes, just to make amends, it will be interesting to see whether Klopp trusts him enough to start him. We reckon he could.
Ragnar (RAAGNAAARR!!) has missed a couple of fixtures owing to bone bruising, and should be fit enough and raring to go, for a start against Derby County. His composure and calm on the ball would be the perfect foil to Mamadou Sakho’s drunk Baresi routine.
A fixture in the starting line-up owing to his mind-boggling, knee-buckling fitness levels, among his more obvious attributes, Nathaniel Cyle would be given the start, we believe, to bring a sense of familiarity in defence.
Slowly and steady making himself a part of Juergen Klopp’s plans, the defensive midfielder who had a stellar display vs Leicester (apart from that ridiculously-comical squared pass to Vardy for the goal) could be likely to feature in his natural midfield position to exude solidity.
There have been calls to release the 6’4” Serbian Kraken from Liverpool fans, in light of their defensive midfield crisis which was averted by a resurgent Jordan Henderson. The box-to-box behemoth who fashions his game around Steven Gerrard may finally be unleashed an unsuspecting Derby.
You simply can’t leave this man out of the team, especially, on away days. The piston of the midfield press, Adam Lallana, much like Clyne, has the engine to put in a 7/10 displays week in week out. He’s most likely to start gain.
You probably haven’t heard of him, but you are likely to, soon enough. In the mould of Alex Iwobi of Arsenal, the former Gunners’ graduate is a casserole of tricks and flicks. Made the bench for Chelsea away, the Nigerian youth international should start this game.
Has fallen off the pace, Lil Phil, since his international exertions, would be given the start to get his dancing shoes clicking.
Big Div Origi looks like the perfect young striker for Juergen Klopp to mold. Pace, power, and panache in the finish, his ability to make himself perpetually available for the ball, as a focal point in attack, along with his graft, has endeared him to management and fans alike.