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Chamberlain, Ward and Grujic set for starts in League Cup


The Carabao Cup is anything but a priority for Klopp, especially given the demands of the Champions League, but it still felt alarming to see Liverpool, for whom Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his first start since joining from Arsenal, inexplicably lose their way in the second half.

Since Oxlade-Chamberlain completed a £35million move from Arsenal to Liverpool this summer, the Gunners are yet to lose and Klopp's men are yet to win - coincidence?

"You are in a situation with your old club-and I don't say this about Alex specifically -and you accept it and it is hard to make the next step".

"A new start is very often a kind of relief, that's how it is", Klopp went on to say.

Dominic Solanke, Daniel Sturridge, Ben Woodburn and James Milner are others who could all start or are at least expected to make the 18-man squad. "You are in a situation in your old club - I don't say it now for Alex especially but in general it's like this - you are in a specific position and you accept it at some point and then it's hard to make the next step. If we can leave him out (of training) again today it's pretty likely he'll be ready for tomorrow, which would be good". The final was good when we played there, the semi-final past year with Southampton [came at] the wrongest possible moment but we couldn't change that.

However, he hoped to bring out more in a player whom he believes was still growing under Arsene Wenger's leadership.


Klopp said: "I'm not sure if there is pressure on us".

The 25-year-old was one of Liverpool's best players in the first-half, posing a constant threat in behind the midfield but keeping himself too far out of reach for their defenders to come and close him down.

"Dejan didn't play [against Burnley] because of the back problem. For the next step, I'll give you another update in the next press conference!"

"(The better way is to) hide them for as long as makes sense and then send them out as soon as possible. "Clyney had the third or fourth run outside yesterday, not the highest intensity but a big step and he coped well so far with this", he said.

Robertson played at the weekend but with Alberto Moreno likely to play in the league game with the Foxes, I think the Scottish worldwide will get the nod here.

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