Watch: Pepijn Lijnders previews Liverpool's League Cup clash vs Arsenal

LFC Globe
29th October 2019
Liverpool vs Arsenal

Liverpool assistant manager Pepijn Lijnders spoke to reporters at Melwood ahead of Wednesday's League Cup clash against .

The Reds welcome Unai Emery's side to as they look to progress to the quarter-finals of the League Cup.

Liverpool are likely to name a heavily rotated side for the meeting, with priorities perhaps lying elsewhere - notably the and .

Whilst some of the Reds' usual starters are likely to be rested amidst a busy period in the schedule, the likes of , Naby Keita, and should come into the side.

Lijnders confirmed there will be a number of changes to the Reds side, insisting it will be a starting eleven that "wants to prove a point."

“Tomorrow we'll have a line-up who feels the responsibility to attack tomorrow's game and who knows the responsibility of playing against Arsenal at ,” he said.

“We will have a line-up who is hungry, who is fresh and who wants to prove a point.

“So, I think our squad is not big but it doesn't make sense and it would really not be intelligent to make it even smaller by not using its strength.

“One of its strengths, in my opinion, is the power of the youth with experience. That mixture can bring amazing processes.

“Always when you change and you make changes - we know this from the MK Dons game - it's really important that we use the time we have now before the game to create a team, that the players know from each other really quickly what we want, how we want.

“They did it a hundred times already, but the boys look forward to it, I look forward to it, and I think the whole club looks forward to it. So let's try to make it a real Anfield experience again.”

The Dutchman hinted towards bringing in some of Liverpool's highly-rated youngsters, with the likes of and Harvey Elliot also vying for a role.

MK Dons vs Liverpool

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Lijnders confirmed goalkeeper will start ahead of Alisson and Adrian, with the 20-year-old having featured against MK Dons in the last round.

“[He] started this competition and he's the one who will start tomorrow,” Lijnders said of the youngster.

“He's a goalkeeper who on the line is excellent, but his calmness to play out and find a free player… for his age as a goalkeeper is very stable.

“That's what we like about him, we see a good future for him and we want to give him this opportunity. You need these to grow and that's why we want to give him that.”

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