By Jack Gallagher
Liverpool kick off their Carabao Cup campaign on Wednesday evening against Leicester City of the championship, in what will be seen by Jurgen Klopp as a game to earn some peripheral players much-needed minutes.
The Reds are unbeaten in all competitions this season thanks to their impressive revamped starting line-up, and will be hoping young players step up to continue the club’s excellent form come midweek.
Here are some players who should wait in line for a few minutes:
1. Jarell Quansah
Quansah was praised after his outstanding Premier League debut against Wolves.
“He has a bright future ahead of him, but the here and now is also quite good and for him to step in to a really difficult place to come to, a really difficult team to play against, and to deliver that performance with, particularly in the second time, then loyalty to him for his first start,” Andy Robertson said.
The impression he left with that performance should be enough to earn the imposing defender more minutes in the coming weeks, starting with this Carabao Cup clash with Leicester.
2. Wataru Endo
Jurgen Klopp admitted that Endo hasn’t had many minutes since arriving at Liverpool because he “hasn’t got a clue what we actually do”.
It sounds harsh, but essentially the boss was saying he simply needs time to learn the Reds’ tactical system.
Playing a low-stakes Carabao Cup match is seemingly the perfect opportunity to give Endo the minutes that will help him do exactly that.
3. Ben Doak
A 17-year-old playing for Liverpool – that’s how good Ben Doak is.
The youngster is now seen as second choice behind Mohamed Salah and should get the chance to shine in the game on Wednesday.
Him too recently signed a new contract at Anfield.
4. Ryan Gravenberch
The player, signed on deadline day, made his first start for Liverpool in the Europa League last week, picking up an assist in what was a truly impressive display.
He will be hoping another strong performance in the Carabao Cup will help him oust one of Liverpool’s trusted trio of Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister and Curtis Jones from the regular starting line-up.
5. Cody Gakpo
A lot was expected of Cody Gakpo for the 2023/24 season, and then Darwin Nunez’s flare happened.
Now the Dutch international will have to impress in these types of cup matches to be able to get back into the starting eleven ahead of the in-form Uruguayan.
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This article was originally published on 90min.com as Liverpool players who deserve minutes against Leicester City.