Usually for Cup games we make 9 changes or more from our league side. This time from what Howe is saying, it looks like we're going slightly stronger. Partly because our options are reduced by injury, but also because after two 5-1 hammerings we need to do all we can to stop that rot and put in a better shift.
Really not sure what to expect here. Klopp has already said multiple changes will be made, so in terms of Liverpool quality and coherence, anything could happen. We're at home and playing a team who're strong candidates for relegation. But this is a cup game, and that means very little.
I'm sure we'll make a few changes in the defensive half. They will have very realistic chance of staking a claim for the usual starting 11, if they can at least cobble together something resembling a competent defence.
For some inexplicable and unfathomable reason I have come over all optimistic this afternoon. It's the hope that gets you.
Dunno where any goals will come from unless Lallana decides to have one of his three games a season and score. Hoping Firmino starts at least to give him a run out and see how he gets on. It'll be tight.
Lovren who managed to con the ref into chalking off a goal last out at Anfield. Kermorgant will give him a pysical battle if nothing else, if he can stick the odd elbow or two in there I wouldnt lose any sleep.
Interesting selection of attacking midfielders working off him, not quite sure how that'll work.