Liverpool got back to winning ways at the weekend when they put two past a stubborn Sunderland side brought by David Moyes to ‘park the double decker bus’. It was a hard-fought victory with the Reds only managing to make the Black Cats crack in the last 15 minutes with goals from Divock Origi and James Milner, the auxiliary full-back scoring from the spot.
There was bad news for Jurgen Klopp when Philippe Coutinho went off injured. The playmaker looked to be in a world of hurt and six weeks on the sidelines won’t be spent picking daisies. We knew that Klopp would make changes to his side for the EFL encounter with Leeds but now one is enforced. Origi will most likely start as reward for his weekend winner against Moysey.
Liverpool are now 14 games unbeaten in all competitions. As with fellow high-flyers Chelsea, top of the table, they’re not burdened by European football. It seems to be a trend developing in the Premier League. Last year’s top two, Leicester and Spurs, also benefitted from a less demanding schedule. There’s still a chance at relative cup ‘glory’ domestically.
Having been on the losing end of a League Cup final last season, Klopp will be keen to dispose of their Championship opponents and progress to the semi-finals. Garry Monk is doing well at Leeds right now. They’re currently in fifth place in the table and have won four of their last five games. He won’t win this one but there’s no shame in leaving Anfield empty-handed.
Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Clyne, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Lucas, Stuart, Can, Ejaria, Origi, Sturridge
Leeds XI: Green, Cooper, Bartley, Ayling, Taylor, O’Kane, Roofe, Phillips, Wood, Doukara, Sacko