With Liverpool not having played a competitive match since November 12th, they could be forgiven for wanting to ease their way back into what appears to be a crowded festive calendar
However, there is no room for complacency with Manchester City as their opponents in the EFL Cup tomorrow night.
Surprisingly, these two teams have had the most success in the competition’s history.
Liverpool, for example, has won the trophy nine times, while Manchester City has won the EFL Cup eight times.
Liverpool are the current holders of the competition, having defeated Chelsea on penalties at Wembley in February.
With that in mind, we’ve attempted to forecast the Liverpool XI that could line out at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow night.
It’s a difficult decision to make with players returning from the World Cup and others having not played competitively in weeks.
Naturally, with players in various levels of fitness following the World Cup, and the EFL Cup being a competition in which clubs have historically given young players a chance, this line-up is tough to forecast.
We believe Caoimhin Kelleher will start in goal, with a back four of Andy Robertson, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, and Trent Alexander-Arnold in front of him.
With Thiago and James Milner alongside him, 18-year-old Stefan Bajcetic could get another chance to impress in midfield.
In attack, Mohamed Salah could start on the right, with Fabio Carvalho given the opportunity to shine on the left.
Roberto Firmino should start up front after missing out on Brazil’s World Cup roster.