Liverpool boss has selection headache ahead of Blues Cup clash

Welbeck is yet to start a Premier League match under Unai Emery, but the former Manchester United marksman will certainly be hoping his performance tonight can help cement him a starting berth for the match against Watford this weekend.

Like his counterpart Klopp, Sarri made eight changes to his team for this Carabao Cup tie but there were no weak links in the Chelsea line-up.

Liverpool are in the midst of a hard stretch of games which has seen them beat Tottenham Hotspur, Paris Saint-German and Southampton so far, but after the two Chelsea games they will travel to Napoli in the Champions League before hosting Manchester City in a huge Premier League clash. The club have reached the quarter-final in the previous two seasons of this competition, and while it is early days, Pellegrini looks intent on going all the way.

On whether he would have picked the same team regardless of the Reds' next opponents, Klopp stated: "Yes, that's easy to say - 100 per cent".

As Klopp enters his fourth year as coach he'll know more than anyone that trophies are expected here. Though last season was a disappointing one, they still ended up as the FA Cup winners.

And the reason? Because he's still adapting to Liverpool's style of play. The Brazilian is in line to start in midfield.

Xherdan Shaqiri joins Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge up front as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are given a night off on the bench. Klopp will still be without Adam Lallana and Divock Origi, however. Virgil van Dijk was subbed off for a rib issue and he is unlikely to feature. The two sides will meet again in league play on Saturday, with Chelsea hosting at Stamford Bridge.

Sturridge nearly restored Liverpool's lead after hitting the bar but it was Chelsea who snatched the victory as substitute Eden Hazard came off the bench to score a superb solo goal to make it 2-1 in the 85th minute.

Meanwhile, Wolves midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White has expressed his delight at playing at Old Trafford, and told The Express & Star: "I was nervous from even stepping foot into the building!"

  • Stacy Allen